Fairtrade Fortnight Festival
The Fairtrade Foundation is hosting an online festival to raise awareness and celebrate the partnership supporting farmers and producers. Highlights include:
Oxford Fair Trade Coalition is hosting local events - visit their website for details.
The facts are straightforward. Farmers and workers in the global south, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected.
- Climate change is one of their biggest challenges right now.
- Low prices for their crops mean that they are struggling to fight back.
- With more money through Fairtrade they feel more equipped to meet their everyday needs and deal with the challenges posed by climate change.
The climate crisis is an immediate and ever-increasing threat and those in climate vulnerable countries are already seeing its impacts from droughts and crop disease to floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests. With the emergence of the global COVID pandemic, the challenges that farmers face now are bigger than ever before with falling commodity prices and widespread shocks reverberating along our global supply chains. Ongoing poverty in farming communities makes it increasingly hard to cope with the effects of climate change.
Fairtrade is about social, economic and environmental justice. These are built into the Fairtrade standards. A root cause of the inability to adapt to and mitigate climate change is poverty. More money in the hands of farmers is needed if they are to adapt and survive the climate crisis. Choosing Fairtrade fights for improvements in producers’ livelihoods with collective strength through co-ops and their bargaining power, the protection of a Minimum Price and Fairtrade Premiums.
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