It’s World Fair Trade Day (13th May) and campaigners, food lovers and supporters across five continents are joining together to recognise the people involved in trade throughout the supply chain of some of our favourite products.
In the UK the Fairtrade Foundation is celebrating five Fairtrade pioneers to highlight how your everyday changes can make a big difference to farmers and workers across the world.
Here’s five recipe ideas using Fairtrade ingredients that link you right back to the source, so you know the food you’re enjoying isn’t at someone else’s expense.
Divine’s Chocolate Panettone
Enjoy a sweet treat for breakfast (or any time of the day!) with the knowledge that the profit from the chocolate you’re using in this luxurious loaf means cocoa farmers like Mercy from the Kuapa Kokoo co-op in Ghana can invest in better ways to cope with climate change on her farm.
Liberation’s Cashew Peanut Curry
This veggie delight created by Chef Joe Hurd, perfectly highlights the humble nut as the main focus – just like Liberation who make doing the right thing their business by supporting nut farmers around the world, like Thomas in Kerala. He has farmed since the age of 15 and now his small family farm is part of Fairtrade co-operative Fair Trade Alliance Kerala, meaning Thomas has more control over the price he receives for these prime cashews and can improve crop diversity on the farm.
Shared Interest suggest Quick Quinoa with Veg
The quinoa season is short. Which means female farmers like Efigenia struggle to make ends meet between seasons. But because Shared Interest make it their business to support farmers like Efigenia, you can enjoy this superfood, sold via Andean Naturals, in safe knowledge that you’re not feeding exploitation.
Try Traidcraft Fairtrade Coffee & Walnut Cake
Your coffee might not be all it’s cracked up to be. But to make sure you can satisfy those cookery cravings, Traidcraft have an online shop full with Fairtrade supplies, perfect for a classic coffee & walnut cake. Traidcraft work with farmers like Abraham in Guatemala, who now owns his own small coffee plot alongside producing honey. Now you can enjoy that extra slice while you’re celebrating on the 13th May.
Zaytoun’s Maftoul Salad
Bring your grains to life with Fairtrade, organic olive oil from Zaytoun’s olive farms in Palestine. Because Zaytoun support family farmers like Mohammed, he receives a fair price for his olives and can continue to support his family through school and university. Plus the recipe is sensationally simple! Find the recipe made by Fairtrade Patron Allegra in Palestine, in Delicious Magazine.
You can find out more about these farmers and how these businesses support them by watching their stories over on the Fairtrade Foundation’s Facebook page.