Raise your cuppa to a fair deal for farmers

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Members of Clitheroe’s Fairtrade group are calling for people to help farmers in developing countries during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Having the perfect cuppa or a snack is an important part of our daily routine, yet millions of farmers who produce the treats people enjoy during their tea and coffee breaks are struggling to make a living.

In Kenya’s coffee and tea-growing regions one in three people live in poverty, while tea pickers in Malawi earn less than £1-46 a day. This is not enough to provide decent food, education or health care for their families or invest in better farming.

Fairtrade Clitheroe will join forces with the rest of the country to help ensure a fair deal for disadvantaged farming communities by holding a Fairtrade Break and Big Brew at the United Reformed Church on Saturday March 4th from 10am to 3pm. During the event visitors will be able to enjoy Fairtrade refreshments and pick up details about the campaign. There will also be some board games available for children plus a Fairtrade food and gifts stalls at the event.

Katy Holden, chairman of the Clitheroe Fairtrade group, said: “The food on our tables, the tea and coffee in our mugs, all come from farmers who work hard but are not paid what they deserve.

“Whether in the UK or in Malawi, no one deserves to be short-changed for a hard day’s work. When we reach for the cheapest products, we may be unconsciously feeding exploitation. We become part of the problem, but we can make a conscious choice to be part of the solution and support trade that is fair.

“We have been campaigning for Fairtrade for almost seven years and have learnt what difference it makes around the world. Yet, not enough people are buying it and not enough farmers are benefiting from it. We need everyone in the community to get behind farmers and their families this fortnight.

“Choose Fairtrade when you next shop, or ask your local store to stock Fairtrade products. Join our Fairtrade break or organise your own – because farmers deserve sustainable incomes.”

Fairtrade has paved the way for better, more sustainable ways of trading. By buying products bearing the FAIRTRADE Mark consumers can help farmers earn a viable income and an extra premium they can invest in vital community, business and environmental projects.

Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual campaign and in 2017 will run from February 27th until March 12th. It will complement the Fairtrade Foundation’s work towards developing living wage benchmarks for producers in developing countries.

Campaigners across the UK will be holding hundreds of breaks and using the #FairtradeFortnight hashtag to spread the word about their activities. For more about the campaign visit: www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight or contact fairtradeinclitheroe@gmail.com