25 FEBRUARY – 10 MARCH 2019
WHAT IS IT?
Fairtrade fortnight is an annual event that encourages individuals, businesses and schools to come together to celebrate those who produce our food. Each year there is a different focus and for 2019, this is on those who grow cocoa for our yummy chocolate, with particular focus on women.
In West Africa, it is estimated that a cocoa farmer needs to earn a ‘living income’ of £1.98 a day to live, however in reality it is predicted that farmers receive less than 78p a day. For women, the added responsibilities of having to look after families, cook, clean, fetch water as well as having to transport the cocoa to be sold means that often they are paid a lot less. That’s why this year, Fairtrade campaigners will be pushing for the introduction of the living income so that farmers are able to receive an income that is fair and supports their livelihood.
The vision is for ‘a world in which all producers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods, fulfil their potential and decide on their future’. In a nutshell, it’s about ensuring that farmers are treated fairly in the production and trading of their goods. Fairtrade is so easy to support. It changes lives and the impact is huge.
The latest data drawn from Fairtrade’s Monitoring and Evaluation reports showcases the impact that their vital work does:
There are more than 1.66 million farmers and workers in Fairtrade certified producer organisations
23% of all farmers and workers in Fairtrade are women
1,411 Fairtrade certified producer organisations in 73 countries
SO, WHAT ITEMS ARE FAIRTRADE?
Items which have been certified in accordance with Fairtrade standards receive a ‘Fairtrade’ mark on the packaging. For those products which contain only one or two Fairtrade ingredients, a slightly different ‘Fairtrade Sourced Ingredients’ (FSI) mark is displayed.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT?
Supporting Fairtrade is so easy to do. There’s lots of products to choose from that you can add to your supermarket shop, including: bananas, chocolate, cereal and beauty products.
If buying Fairtrade is a little tricky, then you can show your support by raising awareness via social media, signing a petition or even donating via their website www.fairtrade.org.uk