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Fairtrade Fortnight Cocoa Focus

Monday January 14 2019


This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, from February 25-March 10, will focus on cocoa.

The Fairtrade Foundation says that cocoa farmers have seen prices crash to crisis levels in the last few years, particularly in West Africa.

In Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s biggest producer of cocoa, where only six per cent of the output is sold on Fairtrade terms, farmers have seen their income fall by 30-40 percent from one year to the next. Campaigners say that the situation is especially bad for the many women who rely on cocoa farming.

In 2019 the Fairtrade Foundation is launching a new three-year campaign encouraging consumers, companies, governments and others to help make sure cocoa producers earn a living income. A petition will be launched during Fairtrade Fortnight calling on the government to take greater action to make fairer trade possible.

Each year for two weeks over February and March, Fairtrade Fortnight highlights the difference Fairtrade can make to lives and communities.

Supporters are being asked to hold community events centred around Fairtrade chocolate, share through social media and get their local MPs and MSPs involved.

Resources for Fairtrade Fortnight including an action guide, event packs and posters are available through www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight.

There will also be short films released during January and February for sharing through social media and for use in schools and communities.


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