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As part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 festivities happening across Britain, the Fairtrade Guernsey Steering
Group is organising a series of events for islanders to learn more about and celebrate the people who grow
and make the products we use every day – in particular, chocolate!

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight tells the stories of the farmers behind the £4billion UK chocolate industry
who are, against the odds, becoming role models and successful businesswomen in their local
communities in West Africa.

Fairtrade’s She Deserves campaign highlights research on the cocoa sector in West Africa, where 60% of
the world’s cocoa is grown, revealing the average farmer lives on as little as 74p per day and despite
carrying out much of the farming needed to produce cocoa, women earn even less. This is well below the
extreme poverty line of $1.90 (about £1.40) per day. It isn’t enough to support the most basic needs such
as fresh water and food, education and healthcare. This Fairtrade Fortnight campaigners are sharing
stories far and wide so chocolate lovers know what is behind their bar to equip all of us to make choices
that can change cocoa farmers’ stories for the better.

Events Fairtrade Fortnight

BIG Fairtrade Breakfast kicks off Fairtrade Fortnight 2020…..

Enjoy a great breakfast, share in fellowship and help to celebrate the start of Fairtrade Fortnight.
BIG Fairtrade Breakfast
Les Cotils Harry Bound Room
Saturday 22 February 2020
8.45 a.m. Finishing at 10.00 a.m.
Guest Speakers- Dame Mary Perkins DBE and Matthew Price, Chief Editor BBC Channel Islands
£10 for Full English and £6.75 continental.

Poster for BIG FT Breakfast 2020 FINAL

Fairtrade Fortnight

Here’s what happened this year….

Fairtrade Fortnight in 2019 focused on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in our chocolate. £1.86* is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income. Currently, a typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on around 74p** a day. Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live in poverty.

For the women the situation is even worse. They may plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, carry water, collect wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but often with fewer rights than men.

This is why we at Fairtrade are campaigning for a living income to become a reality for cocoa farmers in West Africa. If we can work together with governments, chocolate companies and retailers to make the commitments and policies necessary, then we can make it happen.

We made a huge noise in 2019 with 4000 campaigner events reaching 1 million people, 10,000 new supporters joining us on our journey, and businesses and MPs making their voices heard on the issues of living incomes. On 7 August 2019, Ivorian Independence Day, Fairtrade campaigners joined Fairtrade Foundation staff at 10 Downing Street to hand in a petition with more than 50,000 signatures calling for Boris Johnson to back cocoa farmers fighting for a fairer deal through
UK-funded aid projects, business and human rights legislation, and joining international efforts that unite governments, chocolate companies and civil society to achieve living incomes.