Oxford Fairtrade city will be celebrating Fairtrade fortnight which runs from Monday 25 February to Sunday 10 March 2019.
This year’s campaign is calling on all chocolate fans to help ensure that cocoa farmers are paid fairly for their work and are able to live a dignified life.
For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year Fairtrade fortnight are focusing on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much.
The City Council will be supporting the celebrations with the aim of encouraging local people here in Oxford to choose Fairtrade products and support the Oxford Fairtrade Coalition.
Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council said: “We are delighted that Oxford continues to be a Fairtrade City. We have been working hard to ensure workers in our own city are fairly paid through the Oxford Living Wage, however it is just as important that we remember to tackle poverty away from home where we can. Simple changes such as serving Fairtrade drinks and serving Fairtrade goods in shops can make a major difference on the lives of those who need it. Producers all around the world deserve to be fairly paid for their work and should be supported through organisations such as Fairtrade.”
Lemon Zest, who runs the café in the Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, offer many Fairtrade products. They will be offering customers a 10% discount on hot chocolate purchases throughout the Fairtrade fortnight.
Alastair Eccles, Operations Director at Lemon Zest said “What better way to ensure a fair wage for the cocoa farmers than enjoying a delicious hot chocolate. As it will be guilt free, why not add whipped cream and marshmallows?”
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. The Fairtrade logo you see on some food packaging means that the Fairtrade ingredients in the product have been produced by small scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards.
Bart Ashton, Chair of the Oxford Fairtrade Coalition said: “Fairtrade Fortnight is a chance for everyone living and working in Oxford to confirm their support for fellow workers all over the world. In making simple changes right here, in our regular shop we can all make a meaningful difference to those that are working to make these commodities, sometimes for as little as 74p per day”
Families, cafes, schools, restaurants and business can get involved by choosing to buy Fairtrade. There are over 4,500 Fairtrade products from coffee and tea to flowers, chocolate, bananas, beauty products and much more. So when you shop, look for the Fairtrade Mark logo.
Oxford has been a certified Fairtrade city since 2004, so look out for events happening across the city, like the Fairtrade Fortnight display at Oxford Botanic Gardens. Head to their glasshouses to discover more about cocoa, from how it grows to how it's processed to make one of our favourite snack foods