22 February to 7 March 2021

Information about Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 will be coming soon. Sign up to emails to stay up to date

What is Fairtrade Fortnight

For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.

In 2019, we launched our campaign calling on U.K. Government and companies to ensure cocoa farmers earn living incomes by 2030, in line with the UN’s Global Goals to end poverty. During Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 we continued our campaign to raise awarness of the struggles of cocoa farming and to demand living incomes for cocoa farmers.

A living income means enough money to live a simple but dignified life, paying for essentials such as clothing, medicine and school. We believe this is not a luxury but a human right.

Read more about our Fight for Living Incomes campaign

Only Fairtrade is campaigning publicly for the right to a living income for farmers – men and women. Only Fairtrade Standards cover:

Price: The Fairtrade Premium and the Fairtrade Minimum Price are driving real change, right now. The Fairtrade Minimum Price provides a safety net that protects farmers from low prices for their crops.

Premium: Fairtrade farmers and workers choose how they spend the Fairtrade Premium, which they can use to make their farms and communities stronger. It also allows them to invest in different ways of making money, so that they are less reliant on the unpredictable cocoa market. Read more about the Fairtrade Premium

Women’s empowerment: Fairtrade is also supporting more women cocoa farmers to take the reins and stand tall alongside men. Fairtrade Standards make sure that they have a voice in their community, are represented in decision-making and benefit from Fairtrade. We know that independent income in the hands of women brings positive change to communities even faster.

Environment: While you can’t protect the planet without protecting its people first, rigorous Fairtrade Standards support farmers to protect the environment and the Fairtrade Premium is enabling them to invest in climate resilience and adaptation.

In late 2019, we travelled back to West Africa, to meet some truly inspiring women who want their stories to be heard. This Fortnight we need your help to share their stories and show people in the UK why we need them to choose Fairtrade.

Get involved

Details about Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 will be coming soon. In the meantime, there are several ways to get involved with our campaign for living incomes:

1. Sign up to emails to stay in touch and receive updates from Fairtrade 

2. Follow us on social media and share our campaign content to help us raise awareness of the issues. 

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3. Choose Fairtrade chocolate and choose a better, fairer world.

See where you can find Fairtrade chocolate on the high street

4. Get your community involved, read this guide to find out how:

Browse the Campaigner Resources

5. Share our animation

Fairtrade For schools

Want to talk about Fairtrade at a school in your community? Find the resources to support you here.

Find School Resources

Fundraising for Fairtrade

Why not fundraise for Fairtrade? Whether you organise bake sales, chocolate tasting sessions or coffee mornings as part of your event, the money you raise will play a part in bringing Fairtrade to more hardworking farmers and workers across the world, including the women who grow the cocoa for the chocolate we love. 

Find fundraising ideas here

Buying Fairtrade chocolate

Find out where to buy Fairtrade chocolate. Keeping up the demand for Fairtrade as consumers show businesses that people in the UK expect them to go much further to support the farmers that grow our food. More businesses committing to Fairtrade means farmers will sell more of their cocoa on Fairtrade terms, increasing their income.

Buying Fairtrade chocolate

What is a living income?

A living income means enough money to live a simple but dignified life, paying for essentials such as clothing, medicine and school. We believe this is not a luxury but a human right.

Read our full campaigner briefing that we wrote last year.

*WIP estimation based on the Living Income Community of Practice

**This is the estimated daily income per household member based on a typical cocoa farming household

This campaign was organised with the financial support of the European Union.

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