Fair Trade Fortnight is coming!
Monday 24 February – Sunday 8 March 2020.
What is Fairtrade Fortnight? For two weeks each year thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.
It may be hard to swallow but many of the people behind our most-loved food still live in extreme poverty. It is a scandal that behind the sweet delight of chocolate lies the bitter taste of exploitation. The UK chocolate industry is worth at least £4 billion each year. And yet the average cocoa farmer in Co te d’Ivoire and Ghana, where 60 percent of all cocoa is grown, makes less than 75p a day. This is well below the extreme poverty line of around £1.40 per day.
Here is one way you can make a difference— Buy Fair Trade chocolate ! and help ensure that all farmers are paid fairly for their work and are able to earn a living income, starting with cocoa farmers in West Africa.
Buying Fairtrade is easy. There are over 6,000 Fairtrade products from coffee and tea to flowers and gold, to bananas to chocolate, to clothes, shoes and bags, so when you shop, look for the FAIRTRADE Mark.