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Fairtrade Fortnight – What’s It All About?

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Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual event that takes place in late February and early March, this year 27th Feb until the 12th March. This two-week campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of fair trade and encourage people to choose products that have been produced and traded in an ethical and sustainable manner. Fairtrade Fortnight is an opportunity to learn more about fair trade, support fair trade producers, and make a difference in the world.

What is Fair Trade?

Fair trade is a movement that seeks to ensure that the producers of goods in developing countries receive a fair price for their products. Fair trade products are produced and traded in a way that is ethical and sustainable, with a focus on supporting the livelihoods of small-scale farmers and workers. Fair trade organizations work with producers to help them improve their production methods and to access markets, which can lead to improved living standards and economic opportunities.

Why is Fair Trade Important?

Fair trade is important because it helps to address some of the injustices and inequalities in the global trading system. Many farmers and workers in developing countries are paid very low wages for their work, which often means that they struggle to provide for their families and communities. By supporting fair trade, consumers can help to ensure that these workers are paid a fair price for their products, which can help to lift them out of poverty and improve their quality of life.

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Image courtesy of the Fairtrade Foundation

In addition to supporting workers and farmers in developing countries, fair trade is also important because it promotes sustainability and environmental protection. Fair trade products are often produced using environmentally sustainable methods, which can help to protect natural resources and reduce the impact of farming and production on the environment.

How Can You Support Fair Trade?

There are many ways that you can support fair trade during Fairtrade Fortnight and beyond. One of the simplest ways to support fair trade is to choose products that are certified as fair trade. Look for the Fairtrade mark on products such as coffee, chocolate, and bananas. This mark indicates that the product has been produced and traded in a way that meets Fairtrade standards.

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Fairtrade Ingredients Mark

You can also support fair trade by spreading awareness about the importance of fair trade. Talk to your friends and family about fair trade and encourage them to choose fair trade products. Share information about fair trade on social media or by writing a blog post.

Another way to support fair trade is to get involved in local fair trade campaigns or events. Many communities hold fair trade events during Fairtrade Fortnight, such as fairs or markets that sell fair trade products. Attend these events to learn more about fair trade and to support fair trade producers.

Conclusion

Fairtrade Fortnight is an important campaign that raises awareness about fair trade and encourages consumers to make a difference in the world by supporting fair trade products. By choosing products that have been produced and traded in an ethical and sustainable manner, we can support small-scale farmers and workers in developing countries, promote sustainability, and help to create a more just and equitable global trading system.

To find out more about fair trade visit www.Fairtrade.org.uk

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Image courtesy of Divine Chocolate