I have pledged my support for Fairtrade Fortnight by attending an event in Parliament to discuss how to increase public awareness of the benefits of Fairtrade.
Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 26 February – 11 March 2018 and is a perfect opportunity for people to demonstrate their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food.
Fairtrade Fortnight aims to put a spotlight on trade. When trade is fair it has the potential to improve the lives of the farmers and workers who grow our food. When trade is fair, it can make the world a better place.
There are a number of ways that people can get involved in the Fortnight of events and many of them were demonstrated to MPs during the event in Westminster. They included:
• Committing to make your snack or lunch Fairtrade. For example making sure you buy a Fairtrade banana over a non-Fairtrade one; or
• Hold a ‘Fairtrade Feast’: Invite your friends, family, colleagues to join you for a ‘Fairtrade Fest’. At home or at work, just for tea, coffee and cake, or perhaps for a full on feast of Fairtrade treats. You can collect donations, hand out information, encourage people to visit the Fairtrade website or just enjoy the Fairtrade coffee and a chat with friends.
Fairtrade Fortnight is an important two weeks for producers the world over. It ensures that we can raise awareness of Fairtrade and its positive impact on the livelihoods of the farmers and workers who grow our food.
This year I would encourage as many people as possible to take part. There are lots of different ways to support the campaign from pledging to eat a Fairtrade lunch or holding a ‘Fairtrade Feast’. Whatever you do you will be supporting ethical trade and ensuring that people get a decent days pay for their labour.
Fairtrade Fortnight is also an excellent opportunity for schools to teach about the origin of our food and how we should be helping more disadvantaged nations who produce it. The Fairtrade organisation have a large selection of resources for teachers to make Fairtrade Fortnight interactive and interesting for students.
If you are interested in learning more about school resources available click here.