It’s Fairtrade Fortnight

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Fairtrade Fortnight: farmers in a green field of tea leaves

 The Fairtrade Foundation exists to obtain better prices and terms for farmers and workers across the globe and its Make Trade Fair slogan has been supported by stars such as Colin Firth, Minnie Driver and Chris Martin. This month marks the 23rd Fairtrade Fortnight in the UK, designed to highlight the work of producers in countries such as Kenya, which accounts for more than half of the black tea sold in the UK. Expect social media campaigns and petitions to the government to be appearing in your timelines from 27 February–12 March.

Fairtrade Fortnight: what can you do?

1 Take some time to raise awareness for Fairtrade by hosting a bake sale or just make a Fairtrade tea and coffee round and reflect on whether you are feeding exploitation or not – and take action.

2 Tell real stories about farmers and workers in poor countries who produce the food and drink that make your breaks so enjoyable. Unfair trade impacts real lives, including yours. Think: What products do you buy that could be Fairtrade?

3 Take the message beyond your network to the general public and use the hashtag #fairtradefortnight in all your social media posts!

Fundraise for Fairtrade

With over 10,000 local campaigning groups, including Towns, Schools, Universities and Faith Groups, there are lots of ways to get involved with Fairtrade in your community.

Donations to the Fairtrade Foundation help to bring a fair deal to more farmers and workers. Funds go towards projects that support producers to improve their livelihoods, and tackle some of the problems that trap them in poverty.

To find out how to get involved, visit fairtrade.org.uk/en/get-involved/

For more fundraising ideas, and information about the difference your money can make, visit fairtrade.org.uk/fundraise

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