The Rt. Hon. Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Frank Ross, joined members of the Edinburgh Fairtrade City group, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum and the Fair Trade Young People's Network to launch Fairtrade Fortnight 2019.
Read on for ways to get involved in this year's Fairtrade Fortnight.
For full details of our producer talks and events, including events organised by Fairtrade communities across Scotland, check out our events calendar.
She Deserves a Living Income: raising the bar for cocoa farmers in West Africa
"Cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire are surviving on less than 75 pence a day. That’s not even half what they need for essentials like their children’s schooling, family medical bills and clean water." - the Fairtrade Foundation.
You can help raise awareness of these issues during Fortnight by:
Signing the petition: tell the Prime Minister to support a global initiative of governments and business to reach living incomes for farmers and workers, starting with cocoa.
Watching and sharing The Story of Chocolate: Unwrapping the Bar.
Supporting independent, Scottish-based suppliers of Fairtrade cocoa and chocolate. Use our suppliers map to find stockists near you.
Sharing the message on social media: use the images and information from the Fairtrade Foundation's resource library.
Coffee Market Building for People and Prosperity in Rwanda
"The time and effort we put into growing coffee does not reasonably match the amount of returns we receive in the end. The main challenge is that we don't have enough buyers to take our harvest..." - Jean d'Arc Mugorewishaka, President of the Sholi Cooperative in Rwanda.
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is involved in a Scottish Government-funded project which aims to provide much-needed business support to cooperatives in Rwanda and increase their access to international markets.
As part of the project, we are delighted to welcome a representative from one of the coffee cooperatives to Scotland for Fairtrade Fortnight 2019.
Aimable Nshimiye (pictured left), Managing Director of the Sholi Cooperative in the Muhanga District of Rwanda, will be visiting Scotland from 1st to 9 March to tell us firsthand about the difficulties that the cooperative and community faces, and its experience of working to gain Fairtrade certification.
Find out more about the Rwanda Coffee project by watching this short video.
Celebrating 10 years of Fairtrade Olive Oil from Palestine
It's now 10 years since the first Fairtrade cerified (Palestinian) olive oil went on sale in the UK. As part of celebrations, Zaytoun is hosting Palestinian Fairtrade farmer Khader Khader (pictured) and Zaytoun’s Palestine Advocacy Officer, Taysir Arbasi. They will be speaking at various events around Scotland from Friday 1st to Thursday 7 March. Check out Zaytoun's Facebook page and our events calendar to find out more!
For full details of producer talks and other events, check out our events calendar.