By Lynnie Stein / February 8, 2022

Fairtrade Fortnight

(21 February – 6 March 2022) These two weeks promote the rights,

working conditions, and pay of those who grow our food, produce the cotton in our clothes, and mine our metals.

Thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks, mine our gold and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.

Many farmers in countries vulnerable to climate change say it’s the biggest challenge they face right now – and they’ve done the least to cause it. 

With the climate crisis increasingly threatening their livelihoods, it can be hard for farmers to fight back.

Particularly when they’ve been on the receiving end of decades of poor prices for their crops, and paying for daily basics is already a struggle.

HOW DOES FAIRTRADE SUPPORT FARMERS IN THE CLIMATE CRISIS? 

Fairtrade is about social, economic and environmental justice.

These are built into our standards and drive everything we do.

A root cause of the inability to adapt to and mitigate climate change is poverty. 

More money in the hands of farmers is needed if they are to adapt and survive the climate crisis. 

Choosing Fairtrade fights for improvements in producers’ livelihoods with collective strength through co-ops and their bargaining power, the protection of a Minimum Price and Fairtrade Premiums. 

In 2019, Fairtrade also launched an ambitious new living incomes campaign to lead the way to a sustainable future for cocoa farmers.

A living income would provide farmers with a decent standard of living – enough to cover all their cocoa farming costs and enough to cover their basic human rights, like a nutritious diet, children’s education and healthcare.

Only when they have met these basic needs can they start to meet the challenges of our changing climate. 

Fairtrade Fortnight

21 February to 6 March 2022

The Fairtrade Foundation (external link)

The Fairtrade Foundation is part of Fairtrade International, a group of charities, producer networks and workers groups from around the world committed to a fairer deal for those producing the food and products we use every day.

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