Fairtrade Fortnight 2021

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During the two weeks of Fairtrade Fortnight 2021, individuals, groups and companies come together to celebrate the people in developing countries who grow our food, but who are often underpaid and exploited.

This year, the focus of Fairtrade Fortnight is climate change, and the growing problems this poses to farmers and workers within the Fairtrade community. The two-week period will highlight the facts; climate change is a huge challenge for farmers and workers in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras, yet these are the countries who have contributed least to the causes of climate change. Droughts, crop disease, floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests are among the challenges they face. When the Fairtrade Foundation spoke to some of these farmers, they were told that they felt climate change was one of the biggest obstacles their generation is facing. They also commented that only with more money would they feel equipped to meet their everyday needs and deal with the devastating challenges climate change brings.

Choosing to buy fair trade, ethical food and drink is everyday activism, and is the simplest way to change the world. Through fair trade, farmers and growers can earn enough to feed their families, send their children to school, provide a future for their local community and look into solutions to the problems they face due to climate change.

This Fairtrade Fortnight, we invite you to join Traidcraft on a journey stretching over forty years of UK fair trade, fighting for them and fighting with them. Why not embark upon your own fair trade journey by choosing to buy your fair trade goods from our collection of Fairtrade Fortnight special offers and discounts.

We’ve curated our favourite fair trade food, snacks, and treats, all available to buy online. From the very finest fair trade brands like Divine Chocolate and Zaytoun, to a wide range of Traidcraft’s own fairtrade chocolatecoffeeteabiscuits, and more – there’s a world of quirky flavours and ethical bites waiting to be discovered and celebrated.

How will you celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight this year?

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Things You Need to Know About Fairtrade Fortnight 2021

When is Fairtrade Fortnight 2021? 22nd February to 7th March
What is Fairtrade Fortnight? 
During the two weeks of Fairtrade Fortnight, thousands of companies, groups and individuals in the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, who are often exploited and badly paid.
What is Fairtrade Fortnight’s Focus This Year? 
The focus this year is on climate change, and the impact of this on Fairtrade farmers and producers around the world.

What are Traidcraft's Activities This Year? From cook-a-longs using Fairtrade ingredients and videos with the producers of our favourite Fairtrade food and drink, to exclusive Fairtrade Fortnight offers and competitions, Traidcraft have lots going on during the two weeks. Keep your eyes peeled!


FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT RESOURCES

Looking to get involved in Fairtrade Fortnight? The Fairtrade Foundation are hosting a free virtual festival over on their website, so why not take a look.

The festival features:

  • Farmers and workers from around the world explaining why they need to earn more to survive a climate crisis that is already hurting their communities.
  • Discussions between farmers, other experts and famous faces about what we need to do to choose a better future.
  • Music, art and entertainment, from all corners of our passionate and talented global Fairtrade community.
  • Fun interactive workshops on sustainable living here in the UK.

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT FACTS

Did you know, Fairtrade Fortnight started in Edinburgh in 1997? Fairtrade Fortnight is now celebrated in a number of countries around the world, including Canada, Australia and New Zealand. There are over 100,000 Fairtrade campaigning groups in the UK, and over 4,500 Fairtrade Labelled products available for sale. Fairtrade Fortnight takes place every year.

The Fairtrade Foundation was jointly founded by Traidcraft in 1992, with the aim of establishing the standards that underpin today's well-known Fairtrade Mark.

Interested to read more about the story of Traidcraft and fair trade? Discover the story of Traidcraft, and learn more about fair trade>> 


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“Fair trade means so many different things to so many different people.

For landless women in Honduras whose husbands have all fled north to avoid the drug cartels, it means an economic alternative to decamping to the slums where they and their children risk human and/or sex trafficking.

For a concerned consumer in Britain, it offers one small, anonymous opportunity to show solidarity with poorer communities in the developing world.

For an international trader moving hundreds of containers of raw materials a day, it means yet another certification process that needs to be completed.

For the small indigenous community picking wild tea in the golden triangle around Thailand and Laos, it is an alternative to harvesting opium.

For the committed volunteer trying to explain that international trade is unjust, it is a handy tool to make very complex issues approachable and understandable.

To many individual children, particularly girls, who have grown up with the benefits of education in their communities, it offers an escape from grinding poverty.

For some communities, it has meant the chance to invest in alternative money-making schemes to minimize the risk of 100% reliance on cash crops.

For me, it means having a purpose.” Robin Roth, Traidcraft Mission Lead

SO HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE THIS FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT?

Explore Traidcraft’s ranges of fair trade fooddrinkeco-home essentials and fashion for some instant inspiration, or explore our Traidcraft history timeline to gain an insight into our forty years of fair trade.

There’s a whole world of fair trade commodities out there to choose from – so why not make a small difference in your life a big difference to an artisan’s? And, make sure to check out our exclusive Fairtrade Fortnight offers!

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