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.
We love the sweet stuff but there’s something that might leave a bitter taste.
There’s currently a surplus of cocoa. That’s good for chocolate lovers, but bad news for farmers, as prices have plummeted. That means they get paid less for their hard work, which makes life harder. The average cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire already lives on less than £1 a day. It’s no surprise that there aren’t enough young people going into cocoa farming. That could mean no one to take over from the current generation. If that happens we’ll go from too much cocoa to not enough!
Imagine a world without chocolate. Watch this film to see our take on it.
But there’s something you can do. Choose a Fairtrade chocolate egg this Easter and you’ll know that the farmers who grew the cocoa in it received a fairer deal for their hard work. They can also get training and better equipment so they can grow more, sell more and earn more.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 was a great success. Sincere thanks to everyone who played their part in helping to ensure that Fairtrade grows in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
Shoppers, cake bakers, cake eaters, speakers, teachers, facility managers, States Deputies, media friends, shopkeepers, vicars, jewellers, cafe owners, hotels, restaurants, snack box users, church stall organisers, GeoBar eaters, coffee drinkers, tea drinkers, sweet sugar users, wedding planners, event organisers, tuck shop stockers………………………. THANK YOU…….and keep up the good work!
Amanda Evans and Ann Battye, members of the Guernsey Fairtrade steering group, visited Hautes Capelles Primary school on 8th March 2017 to help out with some Fairtrade activities. All the pupils in Year 6 were involved in cooking muffins (either Fairtrade banana, honey & oats, Fairtrade chocolate & orange or Fairtrade white chocolate and blueberries). Others pupils made a Fairtrade fridge cake and some also made Fairtrade crispy rice nests. When they weren’t cooking, the pupils were busy playing the Fairtrade ‘Breaks and Ladders’ game and creating Fairtrade recipes and artwork. A big thank-you to all the staff and pupils at Hautes Capelles for their support and also to the Channel Islands co-op, who provided vouchers to buy all the cooking ingredients.
Saturday 25 February, 2017, 8.45 a.m. @ Les Cotils. To reserve your space contact Roy Sarre on 263930.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 in the Bailiwick of Guernsey
Monday 27 February to Sunday 12 March
DIARY OF EVENTS (To-date)
Sat 25 Feb Mens Breakfast @ Les Cotils, 8.45 a.m.
Mon 27 Feb to Sat 11 March Special Fair Trade Menu @ The Library Bar, Moore’s Hotel
Thurs 2 March Fairtrade Cookery Competition @ College of Further Education, sponsored by CO-OP Sun 5 March Fairtrade stall @ Capelles Methodist Church 11.30 a.m. Mon 6 to Fri 10 March BBC Radio Guernsey daily Guidelines
Thurs 9 March Capelles School baking and serving Fairtrade cakes @ Capelles Soup Bowl, 12.00 noon
Sat 11 March Fairtrade Quiz @ St Martins’ Community Centre, 7.00 p.m. Sun 12 March BBC Radio Guernsey Sunday Service
Mon 27 Feb to Sat 11 March Look out for special promotion of Fairtrade products at CO-OP stores Fairtrade sales @ St Martin’s Parish Church Regular Fairtrade sales @ St Paul’s Methodist Church, Sunday mornings.
If you’re holding an event please let us know and we will publicise it on this website.
And if you take pictures of your event, email them with a brief description and we will add them to our 2017 gallery.
Library Bar FTF17 Menu This special menu is just waiting to be enjoyed during Fairtrade Fortnight at The Library Bar, Moore’s Hotel, St Peter Port.
The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Ltd is repeating its FAIRTRADE Cookery Competition with The Guernsey College of Further Education. Taking place on Thursday 2 March to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight, the Co-op is supplying ingredients, as many as possible of which will be Fairtrade.
Good luck to all the cooks!
Our popular annual quiz to support the local Fairtrade Steering Group. Tickets £12 adults, £6 children, include ploughman’s, cake, tea/coffee, glass of wine/
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a table.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 will run from 27 February until 12 March, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries. However hard they work to provide the things we depend on, millions of farmers in developing countries aren’t paid what they deserve. It’s not a new problem. We need to amplify the voices of marginalised producers as much as ever in 2017. When we come together we can change the way people think about trade and the products on our shelves.