22 February to 7 March 2021
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WHAT IS FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT
For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.
In 2019, we launched our campaign calling on U.K. Government and companies to ensure cocoa farmers earn living incomes by 2030, in line with the UN’s Global Goals to end poverty. During Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 we continued our campaign to raise awareness of the struggles of cocoa farming and to demand living incomes for cocoa farmers.
A living income means enough money to live a simple but dignified life, paying for essentials such as clothing, medicine and school. We believe this is not a luxury but a human right.
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. The Fairtrade Minimum Price provides a safety net that protects farmers from low prices for their crops.
Premium: Fairtrade farmers and workers choose how they spend the Fairtrade 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. Read more about the Fairtrade Premium
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. We know that 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.
In late 2019, we travelled back to West Africa, to meet some truly inspiring women who want their stories to be heard. This Fortnight we need your help to share their stories and show people in the UK why we need them to choose Fairtrade.
Details about Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 will be coming soon. In the meantime, there are several ways to get involved with our campaign for living incomes:
2. Follow us on social media and share our campaign content to help us raise awareness of the issues.
3. Choose Fairtrade chocolate and choose a better, fairer world.
4. Get your community involved, read this guide to find out how: