Fairtrade Fortnight will focus on cocoa. Farmers of this iconic Fairtrade product have seen prices crash to crisis levels in the last few years, particularly in West Africa where most cocoa is grown. The situation highlights in stark terms the scandal of unfair trade. We have a choice about whether we take a stand against this.
Many farmers – both men and women – are underpaid and exploited. That means they can’t earn enough for the basics many of us take for granted, including food, education and housing, because they don’t earn a living income. It’s even worse for the women who work in the fields and in the home. Despite the hard work they put in, they’re often overlooked and under-represented, and usually see even less of the money for their crop. They deserve more.
So the voices and stories of women farmers will also be at the heart of Fairtrade Fortnight in 2019. Download the Fairtrade Foundation’s Action Guide now:-
The Commission originally organised a presentation of this film last October.
However, we know that a number of people who wanted to attend were unable to do so. Well, here’s a second chance!
Fr Peter Kravos has organised a presentation of the film at the University of Leeds ecumenical chaplaincy building and anyone else is also welcome to attend. The Emmanuel Centre is just by the main entrance to the University – near where the Parkinson building with the big clock tower is located – and next door to a Caffe Nero if you arrive early (NB we originally advertised this event as starting at 6pm when it will actually start at 6:30pm. Fr Peter says that refreshments will be available before the start of the film if you do arrive early).