Fair and Local Diocese
CAPTION: Over 40 people came to Diocesan Offices in March to learn about the difference Fairtrade makes to tea growers in Kenya.
Fairtrade Fortnight, 27 Feb -12 March 2017
“Put Fairtrade in your daily break”
2017 sees the 23rd Fairtrade Fortnight in the UK. It will also be one of the most uncertain years for a generation when it comes to trade. Following the vote for Brexit, the UK will be coming to terms with the urgent need to renegotiate more than 50 international trade deals. And no one knows yet what this will mean for farmers and workers in poor countries. At the same time, the spiralling price wars between supermarkets are set to intensify, putting even more pressure on the most vulnerable producers who deliver so much of what we eat.
It’s more crucial than ever that the voices of farmers and workers are heard – to combat the risk of undoing the progress of the past two decades of Fairtrade, and putting farmers in an even worse position in the future. We need to speak up on their behalf more loudly than ever.
The theme for Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 is “Put Fairtrade in your daily break”. A guide is already available with more resources to follow.
Local ideas already include:
- Eating/baking competitions
- Simple game “Guess where your food comes from” – guess right to win a banana/biscuit/ piece of chocolate
- Things to do in your break – quiz, crossword, YouTube clips, doodles
The South West Business Awards are running again, info will be out soon. We could circulate this to the new restaurants and shops in our communities and encourage them to apply or work towards it. Do let us know what you’re planning and help us share your ideas around with others.
Devon has been a Fairtrade County since 2008 and is currently working to renew this, with over nine Fairtrade Towns. Exeter Diocese is working towards becoming a Fairtrade Diocese and from just 35 Fairtrade Churches, now rejoices in over 140!
Do you want some recipe ideas for your celebration?
What did you do to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight this year?
Email Julia Neville, Fairtrade Co-ordinator to share your news.
For further help and advice please contact Julia Neville.