Local churches are joining schools, businesses and campaigners around the country to support farmers and other workers in developing countries during Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs until 12 March.
Church-based supporters hold baking events for the Traidcraft Big Brew, which ties in with Fairtrade Fortnight each year, or add home-baked goodies to their regular Traidcraft fairtrade stalls. Many run fairtrade-themed Junior Church and other activities using resources from Traidcraft or the Fairtrade Foundation. The Fairtrade Foundation has also produced a hard-hitting film, Don’t feed exploitation, which underlines how some of our food bargains are made possible only by exploiting workers, including children, in producer countries.
This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight takes place as the Article 50 Bill to trigger Brexit continues its passage through Parliament. The Brexit process will involve the rewriting of multiple international trade rules and the negotiation of new trade deals. Traidcraft and the Fairtrade Foundation are campaigning with organisations including Christian Aid and Global Justice Now to demand that post-Brexit trade deals deliver a fair deal for millions of vulnerable producers.