Fairtrade Fortnight, supported by Co-op, to focus on climate crisis
Fairtrade Fortnight 2023 will spotlight the harmful effect of the climate crisis on the future of our food.
By Max Goodman
Posted: Monday, 27th February 2023 4:00 pm
Fairtrade Fortnight 2023 begins today and will spotlight the harmful effect of the climate crisis on the future of our food.
Thousands of people across Britain are gearing up to take part in Fairtrade Fortnight 2023, supported by the Co-op.
This year's campaign will highlight the message that whatever your budget and wherever you shop, when you choose Fairtrade, you support farmers to take care of the environment through Fairtrade's Price, Premium and Programmes.
The two-week annual campaign runs from February 27 to March 12. This year it will focus on the climate crisis and the increasing threat it poses to some of the planet's most beloved food products as well as the livelihoods of the farmers and agricultural workers who grow them.
It will show how the future survival of the world's most popular foods – such as bananas, cocoa, and coffee – hangs in the balance unless we achieve inclusive and equitable climate solutions, with farmers and agricultural workers playing a central role in the climate response.
The future of bananas
Bananas are the world's most popular fruit. With an estimated global export value of $ 7 billion per year, the banana trade remains the cornerstone of many countries economy.
For more than 450 million people around the world, bananas and plantains are vital staple crops, particularly in lower-income nations.
But amid the impact of climate change and the resulting threats posed by plant diseases like Fusarium TR4, the future of bananas is increasingly at risk, according to Fairtrade's Fairtrade and Climate Change study.
The study warns that dramatic weather patterns spurred by climate change will likely deliver severe blows to agricultural production in key regions around the world, from Latin America to the Asia-Pacific.
Banana producers in the Caribbean and in Central America, for instance, are expected to experience less rainfall and more extreme temperatures. Meanwhile those in Southeast Asia and Oceania will see an increased risk of tropical cyclones.
Support for fairer prices
Jackie Marshall, head of brand and marketing at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: "Fairtrade Fortnight highlights the urgent threat to the future of British staples produced overseas. Without oursupport for fairer prices today,farmers will find it even harder to tackle the climate and economicchallenges of the future.
"Smallholder farmers have a critical role in addressing climate change and have the expertise and knowledge to do so – but they simplycan'tafford to foot the bill foradapting to economic and climate change on their current incomes.
"There is a huge amount we can all do. Fairtrade is asking each and every one of usto act now and shop Fairtrade so farmers can keepgoing through these tough times.
"By choosing Fairtrade now, you are helping protect nature now as well as the future of our food."
Two weeks of events
Hundreds of exciting events traditionally take place across the country during Fairtrade Fortnight. These are organised by Fairtrade supporters and ethical shoppers in local communities who are committed to campaigning for social justice.
From Belfast to Bournemouth and Aberdeen to Aberystwyth, Liverpool to London, each one will bring home the message that choosing Fairtrade means a more sustainable future for our favourite foods.
As well as dozens of classic Fairtrade coffee mornings, pub quizzes, film screenings and special school assemblies, local activists are linking up directly with Fairtrade farming communities, building online databases of Fairtrade cafes, doing Park Runs in their Fairtrade banana suits and running many more innovative initiatives to spread the word on Fairtrade.
Click here to find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight.
Co-op supporting Fairtrade Fortnight
The Co-op has supported Fairtrade for more than 25 years. There's still a lot to do to overcome unfairness in the food chain, but Co-op believes that together we can make a difference.
It is Co-op's goal to make it easier for shoppers to support farmers, workers and their communities around the world who grow produce and ingredients for Co-op products, with every shop.
As part of this goal, the Co-op is encourage shoppers to support Fairtrade Fortnight by taking action – choose Fairtrade products, spread the word or host a Fairtrade Fortnight event.
The easiest way you can get involved this Fairtrade Fortnight is by choosing Fairtrade when you shop at the Co-op.
Why not make a swap commitment for the rest of the year?
At Co-op, it's easy to make the switch to Fairtrade as 100% of its own-brand tea, coffee, bananas, cocoa, bagged sugar and African roses are Fairtrade. It's also the world's largest seller of Fairtrade wine.
Spread the Word
Tell stories! Whether it's to your friends, family, colleagues or local community, you can play a part in championing Fairtrade by sharing the stories of producers.
Host a Fairtrade Fortnight event
Hosting a Fairtrade Fortnight event is a great way to spread the word about Fairtrade and try some delicious Fairtrade products.
Download the Co-op Fairtrade Fortnight Pack to learn more about how to take part, for information on how climate change is affecting producers, and how Fairtrade is supporting them to build climate resilience.
Co-op membership helps support local causes and the Co-op's national charity partners. See www.coop.co.uk/membership to find out more or become a Co-op Member.