Monday 25th February sees the start of Fairtrade Fortnight, and this year the focus is on a petition that asks David Cameron to champion the world’s smallholder farmers at this year’s G8 meeting.
Fairtrade is a movement that fights for farmers in developing countries to receive a fair wage for their produce – tea growers and pickers for example often only receive as little as 3%, sometimes even as low as 1%, of the sale price of the finished product. This means that western countries are profiting massively from the sales of the products, whilst farmers are struggling to make ends meet and the economic gap in our world only widens.
Next time you’re at the supermarket look for the fairtrade logo when picking up your teabags, coffee or chocolate – it will probably only be a few pence difference to you but will make all the difference for people on the other side of the world producing these lovely things for us.
If you’d like to sign the petition in the hope of getting backing from David Cameron to make a difference – and have a tiny cardboard box version of yourself march on Parliament Square in London – then go to Step Fairtrade and sign up!
By Suzanne Morton, Acting Marketing and Development Team Leader