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Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

03 March 2017

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is calling on the local community to put Fairtrade in their break and support Fairtrade to drive much-needed change for farmers in developing countries during Fairtrade Fortnight by switching to fairly traded foods.

Having the perfect cuppa or a snack is an important part of our daily routine, yet millions of farmers who produce the treats we enjoy during our breaks are struggling to make a living. However hard they work to provide the products we depend on, they still aren’t paid what they deserve. 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 healthcare for their families or invest in better farming.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott commented; “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. 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.”

Adam Gardner, Communities Campaign Manager for the Fairtrade Foundation said: “Farmers get a better deal when they sell their crops on Fairtrade terms. This leads to a higher and more stable income and can help them break the cycle of poverty they are trapped in. Through Fairtrade, farmers can invest in better farming and earn more money for their crops, make sure their children are fed and can go to school. Communities can invest in clean water and clinics, improving everyone’s health. For change to be transformative for the poorest farmers, their families and communities, Fairtrade needs us all – campaigners, shoppers and businesses.”

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. Campaigners across the UK will be using the #FairtradeFortnight hashtag to spread the word about their activities. For more information about the campaign and how to get involved, visit www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight