Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 runs until March 10 and is a great opportunity to show support for small scale producers around the world.
The Fairtrade Foundation is this year focusing on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much.
Its She Deserves campaign highlights the need for the people who grow the cocoa to be paid a ‘living income’. For instance, the foundation says that £1.86 is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income, but a typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire actually receives just 74p a day.
The UK consumes more chocolate per person than any other European country, making the UK chocolate industry worth some £4 billion. That provides a huge opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives through what we choose to buy here.
A living income should cover the costs of food, water, housing, education, healthcare, transport, clothing and other essential needs, including provision for unexpected events. The income would provide for the basics of a decent life.
Supporting Fairtrade certified products ensures that decent labour and environmental standards are met, helps protect farmers from extreme price changes by setting a Fairtrade Minimum Price, and provides farmer organisations with a sufficient income to support much-needed education, clean water, healthcare and housing projects.
Look out for the Fairtrade logo on the chocolate you buy. You can find out more by clicking here.