10 March 2023
Fairtrade Fortnight is a time for individuals, supporters, and businesses across the UK to come together to celebrate Fairtrade.
This year’s campaign highlights the urgent threat to the future of the foods we love and the livelihoods of the people who grow them.
Did you know coffee, chocolate, and bananas could soon be much more difficult to buy? Climate change is making crops like these harder and harder to grow. Combined with deeply unfair trade, communities growing these crops are being pushed to the brink.
Well, luckily there’s good news.
Fairtrade is supporting farmers to become more resilient to climate change, whilst at the same time giving consumers, retailers, and businesses the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint. By making the small switch to Fairtrade, we can all support producers in protecting the future of some of our most-loved foods and the planet.
We are delighted to say that in 2022, Compass Group UK&I and Foodbuy contributed an estimated £100k in Fairtrade Premium to Fairtrade farmers and workers in partnership with a number of suppliers. That’s almost double that of last year’s! Notably, approximately £58k of this total was attributable to Fairtrade coffee purchases, equivalent to 223 farmers supported. This is all thanks to our partnership with a number of suppliers including:
Hear from smallholder Fairtrade cocoa farmer, Saddick, who, with the help of his Fairtrade cooperative, was able to invest in climate resilience.
Saddick, 39, Fairtrade cocoa farmer, Ghana.
“I didn’t know I was punishing the land, now because of this project I’ve seen the benefits, there are more nutrients in the soil.”
Saddick farms nine acres of land for cocoa. He’s been doing this for 18 years and it’s getting increasingly difficult due to the climate crisis. Part of his farm lies high on a rocky, steep hillside, unfriendly terrain for cocoa plants. Saddick is working on gradually surrounding it with shade trees. This is a technique he discovered after joining an agro-forestry project through his Fairtrade cooperative, which offers farmers training in methods to adapt to climate change by improving soil, planting for shade, and attracting biodiversity.
We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with the Fairtrade Foundation and continuing to fight for the futures of the foods that we love and the farmers who grow them.