The Fairtrade Foundation is inviting the public to test their knowledge at a very special virtual Friday night pub quiz on 5 March, designed to entertain the whole family during Fairtrade Fortnight, with eight rounds of fun-filled facts.
The Fairtrade Foundation has partnered with ‘Quizmaster’ Laura from events firm Eventures to present an evening filled with a range of quiz questions and themes, all topped off with a special guest appearance from Fairtrade Foundation Patron and television presenter Nick Hewer.
The quiz will challenge people on how much they know about Fairtrade and how the changing climate is affecting the food they eat, while raising money for the Fairtrade Foundation. There will also will be a special message from a Fairtrade producer.
Taking place on Friday 5 March at 7:30pm, the quiz forms part of the Fairtrade Foundation’s first-ever virtual climate festival for Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 (22 February to 7 March). The Choose the World You Want festival is taking place to highlight how the climate crisis will affect the future of food and those who produce it.
In addition to five flagship events, the festival comprises up to 100 virtual listings including many organised by campaigners, partners, brands and retailers and supporters under the umbrella of the festival will run throughout the two-week period.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 marks the start of a new climate campaign asking the British public to get behind Fairtrade so that farmers overseas have the resources needed for tackling the climate emergency in climate vulnerable countries such as Kenya and Honduras.
Nilufar Verjee, Director of Public Engagement at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “Farmers and workers in agricultural communities in low-income countries have contributed the least to climate crisis – yet they are among the world’s most vulnerable and are already feeling the worst effects from unpredictable weather to natural disasters and disease. But without stable incomes, these farmers lack the ability to fight climate change impacts and continue to struggle to meet their immediate needs.
“Poverty and environmental damage in our food supply chains will not end until exploited farmers are paid fairly and given the power to make their own choices. Only then will they have the power to effectively fight the impacts of the climate crisis.”
Fairtrade coffee farmer Bayardo Betanco, of the Prodecoop co-operative in Nicaragua, said: “There is a chain on earth that starts where the producers are. They are the ones who suffer the consequences of climate change, the ones who get the least help, and carry all of the burden. It’s not fair.”
Each year, communities nationwide play a key role in promoting Fairtrade Fortnight through their own campaigns, events and materials, in order to help raise awareness of the link between trade and poverty. The Fairtrade Foundation hopes people will engage with Fairtrade Fortnight once again this year, as part of their ongoing efforts to protect people and planet.
Image: Nick Hewer speaks to a Fairtrade banana farmer in St Lucia. Credit: Fairtrade Foundation