The Fairtrade Foundation is hosting an online festival to celebrate, with some public events coming up.
Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from Monday 22 February until Sunday 7 March. University cafes are Fairtrade, and Oxford University was awarded the nationwide Fairtrade University and College Award in June 2020. More departments and colleges are being invited to get involved in the scheme, as well as exploring the use of a broader range of Fairtrade products. A commitment to Fairtrade is part of Oxford University’s Sustainable Food policy which you can view on the sustainability website.
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.