Fairtrade Fortnight is a global event that is designed to encourage consumers to purchase and use fairtrade products from a number of locations all over the world. This year it is running from the 26th February to the 11th March and aims to highlight the benefits of buying Fairtrade products!
All through this next fortnight, Think Sustainability will look at the stories of many farmers that benefit from Fairtrade, so keep up to date with us here and on social media!
What is Fairtrade?
The Fairtrade movement started back in 1992 to ensure that farmers received a fair wage for the food they produce. There are still millions of farmers and agricultural workers that are still don’t make enough to support themselves and their families which is contributing to the slower development of poorer countries. Fairtrade sets standards and certifies those products that meet those standards so when you go to the supermarket you know exactly what products are ensuring the farmers get an income they deserve and can survive on.
Since it began in 1992, Fairtrade has helped millions of farmers and workers around the world and they are now ensuring that the people they work with become more sustainable. Rather than write a few paragraphs, the video below describes how Fairtrade is helping to build a sustainable future.
So What Can You Do To Support Fairtrade?
Next time you go shopping, look for the fairtrade logo.
Support Fairtrade across social media. Like, share and retweet to spread the message of Fairtrade and the good that it does in supporting millions of farmers around the world. Keep up to date with all the good that they do in improving lives around the world and more ways that you can help on their website also!
Buying Fairtrade will make very little difference to you, yet it will have a huge impact on those that grow food products in places all over the world. It enables people to live more comfortably on a wage that is becoming increasingly comparable to those growing food in developed countries. It enables to farmers to develop more environmentally-friendly farms as well as farms that can better deal with the effects of our changing climate.