PRESS RELEASE: Something For Everyone At Fairtrade Fortnight Events (23 February – 8 March)

Fairtrade Peterborough is calling on the local community to support Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 and bring about positive change for millions of farmers and workers in developing countries.

Fairtrade Peterborough will be holding a number of events throughout the Fortnight, including:

Interactive Information Stand in Queensgate Shopping Centre on Saturday 28th February;

Fairtrade Wine Tasting at Peterborough Cathedral’s Becket Chapel on Tuesday 3rd March 2015, an informal evening sampling vibrant Fairtrade wines and delicious nibbles – tickets are priced at £6 in advance or £8 on the night and can be booked by emailing: fairtradepeterborough@gmail.com or contact Sr Mary on 07811 345 857.

Teacher Twilight event on Wednesday 4th March, a chance for teachers to discover more about Fairtrade and resources available for their school.

In 2015, Fairtrade Fortnight will be on a mission to ask shoppers and businesses to choose products that change lives. Campaigners across Peterborough will join forces with the rest of the country and share stories from the people who grow our favourite products, to remind everyone of the dramatic difference Fairtrade makes and why it is still needed.

Sr Mary Mason from Fairtrade Peterborough said: ‘Over the past 20 years, Fairtrade has paved the way for fairer and more environmentally friendly trading but there is still a long way to go as trade isn’t working for the poorest farmers in the global south. We want to drive more benefits for farmers and workers in the Fairtrade system – and make sure we can support those who aren’t, so they can receive a fairer deal too.

It is easy to get behind Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 and we hope as many residents in Peterborough as possible will join us in the lead up to 23 February. Every Fairtrade choice counts for farmers and workers, as well as their families and communities.’

70% of the world’s food is produced by 500 million smallholder farmers* yet many of them remain trapped in chronic poverty while shoppers enjoy the fruits of their labour. Fairtrade ensures farmers across the developing world receive a fairer price for their work, as well as an additional Fairtrade Premium, used by farmers and workers to invest in their communities. The community then decides what the Premium is spent on, whether that’s building a new school or hospital, or investing in better environmental business practices.

Adam Gardner, Fairtrade Foundation’s Communities Campaigns Manager, said: ‘The UK has one of the most powerful networks of Fairtrade campaigners in the world, raising awareness about Fairtrade values in their communities and driving positive change for smallholder farmers, and their families, in developing countries. It is thanks to the support of groups like Fairtrade Peterborough that currently more than 1.4 million farmers and workers around the world benefit from the Fairtrade system.

In 2015, we want to see more individuals and businesses buying and selling Fairtrade products in the UK. The more that people choose Fairtrade, the more farmers and workers will be empowered to improve their lives through the better terms of trade it offers.

Fairtrade Fortnight is the highlight of the year for Fairtrade campaigners up and down the country. From 23 FEBRUARY – 8 MARCH, thousands of events will be held to amplify the campaign in many of Fairtrade’s network of 600 Fairtrade Towns, 1350 Fairtrade Schools and 170 Fairtrade Universities, and 7,500 Fairtrade Faith Groups. Activities will include producer events, film screenings, tastings, and a ‘Stock It’ Challenge.

You can find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight, and how to get involved in your local area, at fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight or email: fairtradepeterborough@gmail.com

 
Contact Details:
John Turner on 07950345010 or email: fairtradepeterborough@gmail.com
Sr Mary Mason on 07811 345 857 or email: maryclare.mason@virgin.net

 
*Powering up smallholder farmers to make food fair, February 2013 (page 12) from ETC Group, Who Will Feed Us?: Questions for the food and climate crises, November 2009, p.1

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