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Fairtrade Fortnight

23 February 2020 14:12

If you were in church on Sunday 23 February, you will have appreciated seeing James as our Fairtrade Bananaman, and hopefully enjoyed some Fairtrade brownies after the service (we used this recipe).

Fairtrade Fortnight, the annual campaign to fight for change, is from 24th February to 8th March. In 2020, the Fairtrade Foundation is continuing the call for cocoa farmers to earn a living income, and sharing stories that show the positive impact that only Fairtrade has on the women behind your chocolate bar.

Only Fairtrade is campaigning publicly for the right to a living income for farmers – men and women. Only Fairtrade Standards cover:

  • Price The Fairtrade Premium and the Fairtrade Minimum Price are driving real change, right now. Fairtrade farmers and workers have a safety net that protects them from low prices for their crops.
  • Premium Fairtrade farmers and workers choose how they spend the Premium, which they can use to make their farms and communities stronger. It also allows them to invest in different ways of making money, so that they are less reliant on the unpredictable cocoa market.
  • Women’s empowerment Fairtrade is also supporting more women cocoa farmers to take the reins and stand tall alongside men. Fairtrade Standards make sure that they have a voice in their community, are represented in decision-making and benefit from Fairtrade. Independent income in the hands of women brings positive change to communities even faster.
  • Environment While you can’t protect the planet without protecting its people first, rigorous Fairtrade Standards support farmers to protect the environment and the Fairtrade Premium is enabling them to invest in climate resilience and adaptation.