Fairtrade Fortnight is an action-packed highlight of the year, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2018: Monday 26 February - Sunday 11 March
'For hundreds of years, we were taught to serve, to be workers. Now with Fairtrade, we are entrepreneurs'
Marcial Quintero, member of Coobana, a Fairtrade banana co-operative in Panama.
It’s a scandalous reality that millions of farmers and workers are still being ripped off despite working hard to provide the products we love. Unfairness in global trade is rooted in centuries of exploitation.
Yet across the globe, Marcial and hard-working producers like him are unravelling this legacy. They’re fighting for a fair deal, supported by Fairtrade, earning their way out of poverty and transforming their communities.
Together we’re stronger, and more people choosing, sharing and shouting about Fairtrade in the UK means more power to producers like Marcial to break the stranglehold of poverty prices.
There’s never been a more important time to stand with producers through Fairtrade – to protect the progress you’ve achieved alongside them, and to welcome more people – supporters, producers, businesses - into Fairtrade.
This Fairtrade Fortnight, stand with farmers like Marcial to close the door on exploitation, and welcome more people into Fairtrade.
'Before joining Fairtrade we didn't see any benefits, development or profit. The price we received per box wasn't enough to cover our costs - and for 17 years it didn't change. Since starting with Fairtrade, it's made a mega-revolution in our lives.' Marcial Quintero, Coobana
How do I invite people in to Fairtrade?
It's up to you! From breakfasts to banquets, bake-offs to business awards, every Fairtrade Fortnight communities across the UK use their creativity, connections and local knowledge (not to mention effort!) to open more doors to Fairtrade.
Check out the Fairtrade Fortnight Action Guide for a sneak peak of what's on the way, this powerpoint presentation with further ideas and details to kick start planning with your group. We'd love to know what you have planned, drop us a line as we will be sharing ideas on this page in the build up to Fairtrade Fortnight, so that you can see what others are up to. We'd love to hear what you have planned too, please let us know.
We are busy preparing a range of tools and ideas to help you invite people in to Fairtrade, including the usual suite of resources and event packs, plus some exciting new films, online tools and powerful stories from producers at the front-line of Fairtrade.
In the meantime, hear more from Marcial about how he and fellow members of Coobana, Panama have caused a 'mega-revolution' in their lives with Fairtrade.
Further links and resources
Make sure you are signed up to our Fairtrade Towns news to be the first to hear as new ideas, resources and inspiration is available. You can expect:
Resources and event packs: Will be available to order from our online shop from 21 November.
Product offers and samples: Invite people in with Fairtrade products - we'll be sharing exclusive offers from businesses who want to support Fairtrade Fortnight events from early December, but it's always worth asking local businesses to join in and support your events too.
Church resources: Will be available to download from late November (sign up to Fairtrade Church news and we'll send it straight to you).
Digital resources and producer photos: A suite of digital resources including images, quotes, and more will be available from early December.
Schools resources: Will be available to download from December. Event packs are also ideal for schools, and we'll be sharing more updates in the meantime.
Online tips and tools: Invite more people in using our new online guide to growing your Fairtrade community online during Fairtrade Fortnight - coming in January 2018