Fairtrade Fortnight is back from Monday 24 February to Sunday 8 March 2020!
This year, the campaign will continue to focus on cocoa, and the special role women farmers play in the journey to living incomes.
Leocadie Voho, a cocoa producer from Côte d'Ivoire and two sugar producers from Malawi will be joining us at events throughout Scotland to share their Fairtrade experiences.
So whether you are an experienced Fair Trade campaigner or simply interested in knowing more about sustainable sourcing the Fairtrade way, our events are one-off opportunities to hear first-hand from the people cultivating the crops that go into our favourite products.
Why do we need this campaign?
“The UK chocolate industry is worth at least £4 billion each year but the average cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, where 60 percent of all cocoa is grown, earns less than 75p a day.
If this wasn’t enough to cope with, the climate crisis is already wreaking havoc on global food production. Farmers are battling less predictable seasons, more plant diseases and weather extremes, leading to a lack of food. They are suffering, struggling to harvest crops and working longer hours, for lower prices.
For women, the situation is even more unfair. In Côte d’Ivoire, for example, women carry out more than two thirds of the labour involved in cocoa farming. They work in the fields, look after children, carry water, and help bring the crop to market. And yet they often have fewer rights than men, and often earn less than a quarter of the money generated.” - the Fairtrade Foundation.
We need you to join the campaign:
Hear from a Fairtrade producer at an event in Scotland:
Meet Your Fairtrade Suppliers (Thursday 27 February, Edinburgh City Council, Waverley Court). This event wiil facilitate engagement between Fair Trade suppliers and corporate buyers but is also open to anyone interested in hearing Leocadie speak about Fairtrade more generally.
Meet a Fairtrade Farmer: CPD Session for teachers (Friday 28 February, Scotdec). This session is for teachers looking to develop their knowledge of Fairtrade for classroom use.
She Deserves Fairtrade: the Story of Chocolate featuring Jackie Kay (Saturday 29 February, Augustine United Church). Open to all. No sign up required but early arrival recommended!
Meet a Fairtrade Farmer from Malawi, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, 16.00 - 18.00 on 28 February. Informal drop in event and your chance to meet the visitors over a complimentary Fairtrade hot drink.
Elgin Fairtrade Fortnight Community Event (14:00 on Saturday 29 February, Supper Room in Elgin Town Hall). All welcome. No registration necessary.
Agriculture and Food Security Forum with the Scotland Malawi Partnership (Edinburgh, Friday 6 March)
Rwandan Coffee Project Showcase Event (16:30 - 18:30, Friday 28 February, Edinburgh)
Celebrate the halfway point in the Rwandan Coffee Project and watch the premiere of a brand new film about the project. Register here.
Support Mzuzu Coffee from Malawi. Fair Trade Scotland Ltd is looking for individuals, groups and organisations to buy the delicious Mzuzu Golden Coffee. If you are interested in helping with sales, please contact Eve Broadis.
Page last updated 23/02/20. We will add events as they are confirmed: please keep checking back!