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Fairtrade Fortnight

Thank you for supporting Fairtrade Fortnight 2022

In Fairtrade Fortnight this year we highlighted the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with.

The facts are straightforward. Farmers and workers in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected by it. The climate crisis is the biggest threat to the livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers and
agricultural workers in low-income countries worldwide.

The pandemic has shown us how interconnected we are globally. This interconnection is at the very heart of the Fairtrade message. Farmers need better incomes and financial support to adapt to changing weather patterns and change their farming methods to ensure a low-carbon economy. By choosing Fairtrade, we show solidarity with those on the frontline of the climate crisis. As part of the Fairtrade movement, we have the power to drive long-term change with our shopping.

So a very big “Thank You” to everyone who chose to support Fairtrade in whatever way in Fairtrade Fortnight. Please continue to choose Fairtrade whenever possible; choose to fight for climate justice, for farmers on the front line of climate change, for our planet and for future generations.

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Fairtrade Fortnight

Choose the world you want……

“My children and grandchildren will have a problem growing coffee if current generations don’t take action against climate change.” Caroline Rono, pictured above on her Fairtrade coffee farm in Kenya.

Caroline sent this vital reminder on the very first day in the Choose The World You Want festival: to choose that fairer world we all want, we can all take action.

And Caroline is leading the way. Like other Fairtrade farmers she’s planted trees on her farm, embraced sustainable energy and taken up training on climate-friendly farming techniques.

Choosing Fairtrade is one way we can join her in taking action. Action that means more power and more income for farmers like Caroline to take on the huge challenges of climate change.

 

Fairtrade Fortnight News

Co-op has announced an industry first………

Co-op has announced, in an industry first, that all of the South African wine stocked in its range, across branded and own-label, is Fairtrade.

Already the world’s largest retailer for Fairtrade wine, Co-op stocks 57 Fairtrade wines, 45 being from South Africa, and latest figures show that the convenience retailer sold 14.5 million litres of Fairtrade wine in 2020.

To further cement its commitment to the South African wine industry, which was hit hard by the impact of Covid-19, Co-op has invested through donations and social premium into a start-up winery, Fairroots, in Olifants River South Africa.

Supporting both the vineyard’s operations and its training programmes, the funding allows Fairroots to develop an education centre, in addition to environment and financial training. The winery spans over 34 hectares, with eight permanent workers, plus additional seasonal producers and Co-op will eventually sell wine from here in its stores, with 206 people benefitting from its sales.

AT THE CO-OP WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE SALE OF FAIRTRADE WINE RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING AND FOR US THE LAST SEVENTEEN YEARS OR SO HAS BEEN A JOURNEY TOWARDS FORGING CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR SUPPLIERS, PROVIDING BETTER QUALITY AND VALUE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS AND – MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL – DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SUPPORT THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN THE CHAIN: THE VINEYARD WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. WITH THIS IN MIND WE ARE INCREDIBLY PROUD TO BE ANNOUNCING THAT ALL OUR SOUTH AFRICAN WINES WILL NOW BE MADE ACCORDING TO FAIRTRADE STANDARDS.

‘THE WORK DOES NOT END HERE, HOWEVER! THIS YEAR WE ARE PUTTING IN PLACE AMBITIOUS NEW PROJECTS IN HOUSING AND EDUCATION AND WILL BE WORKING CLOSELY WITH ONE OF OUR FAIRTRADE TRUSTS, WHO NOW OWN THEIR OWN VINEYARD. WITH THE EXTENSIVE SOCIAL BENEFITS WHICH FAIRTRADE BRINGS, TOGETHER WITH THE EXCELLENCE OF THE WINES INVOLVED, SURELY NOW IS THE TIME TO ASK WHY ANYONE WOULD NOT WANT TO CHOOSE FAIRTRADE WINE WHEN BUYING FROM SOUTH AFRICA.

EDWARD ROBINSON, CO-OP FAIRTRADE WINE BUYER
Co-op has had many Fairtrade firsts, as the world’s largest retailer of Fairtrade wine. It has established itself as the UK’s largest convenience seller of Fairtrade products and has championed Fairtrade for 25 years. Through the Fairtrade guidelines, producers are guaranteed a fair price for their harvest as well as fair wages, enabling growers to take control of their futures. It’s the only certification that guarantees a Minimum Price and additional Premium for producers to spend on products of their choice, as well as works directly with the producers to strengthen environmental and climate protection, benefiting individual communities as well as supporting climate action all around the world.

LET’S RAISE A GLASS TO THE CO-OP IN CELEBRATION OF THIS LANDMARK FAIRTRADE FIRST FOR SOUTH AFRICAN WINE PRODUCERS. OVER THE PAST YEAR, CO-OP’S SUPPORT HAS LITERALLY ENABLED WINERIES IN THE REGION TO STAY AFLOAT THROUGH THE PANDEMIC, AND THIS COMMITMENT WILL DRIVE SO MUCH MORE BENEFITS TO WORKERS STILL. OVER THE PAST YEAR, WE HAVE CONTINUED TO SEE GROWTH IN THE FAIRTRADE WINE CATEGORY AND RETAILERS PROVIDING CONSUMERS WITH MORE AND MORE CHOICE, AND WE HOPE THIS INDUSTRY-FIRST MOVE BY CO-OP WILL INSPIRE EVEN FURTHER BUSINESS TO GROW THEIR FAIRTRADE WINE OFFERING.

MIKE GIDNEY, CEO AT THE FAIRTRADE FOUNDATION

Fairtrade Fortnight

Will Torrent’s Fairtrade Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake…..

Will Torrent’s Fairtrade Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake with salted caramel frosting is a showstopper any time of year, but is especially fitting for Fairtrade Fortnight.

This delicious cake tastes as good as it looks, with Fairtrade bananas, cocoa and sugar on the inside, a salted caramel sauce drizzled over the top and then a scattering of caramelised pecans to finish.

Will Torrent has been with Waitrose for 10 years and is now Senior Development & Innovation Chef. He is a committed supporter of Fairtrade.

You can find the Fairtrade ingredients for this Bundt cake in your local Waitrose.

INGREDIENTS FOR THE CAKE:
John Lewis Professional Non-Stick Decorative Cake Tin
John Lewis ANYDAY Spatula
4 ripe Fairtrade medium bananas
200g Essential Waitrose Unsalted Butter at room temperature, plus extra to grease
85g Essential Waitrose Soured Cream
4 medium Essential Waitrose eggs, lightly beaten
50g Duchy Fairtrade Organic Cocoa Powder, plus extra for dusting
2 tsp vanilla extract
75g Waitrose Fairtrade Golden Caster Sugar
100g Waitrose Fairtrade Light Brown Muscovado Sugar
225g Essential Waitrose Plain Flour
50g Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients Corn Flour
2 tsp Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients Baking Powder
1 tsp Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients Bicarbonate of Soda
50g Waitrose Pecan Nuts
FOR THE ICING:
100ml Essential Waitrose Double Cream
75g Essential Waitrose Unsalted Butter
200g Waitrose Fairtrade Light Brown Muscovado Sugar
30g Waitrose No.1 Fairtrade Dark Chocolate 80% Peru
½ tsp vanilla extract
FOR THE CARAMELISED PECANS:
50g Waitrose Pecan Nuts
30g Waitrose No.1 Canadian Maple Syrup
Pinch of sea salt
METHOD
Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5. Melt 2 tsp butter and use to brush the inside of the bundt tin, getting into all the nooks and crannies. Dust with cocoa, covering every surface, then hold the tin upside-down and tap to get rid of the excess. Mash the bananas with a fork until smooth, add the soured cream and vanilla; set aside.
Tip the caster and muscovado sugars and 200g butter into the bowl of a freestanding mixer; beat well until pale and light – about 3-4 minutes. Gradually add the egg, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula as you go. Now add the banana mixture, flour, corn flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa and a pinch of salt, mixing to combine thoroughly.
Fold the chopped pecan nuts into the mixture, then spoon into the tin. Level with the back of a spoon and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 30-40 minutes, until well risen and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 2-3 minutes, then turn out onto on a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
To make the caramelised pecans, place the nuts onto a greaseproof lined baking sheet and drizzle with 30g (2 tbsp) of the maple syrup. Toast the nuts on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 6-8 minutes until crisp and starting to caramelise. Remove from the oven, stir and set aside for 3-4 minutes to cool, then roughly chop.
For the icing, gently heat the sugar, butter and cream in a small saucepan until dissolved. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate, vanilla and a large pinch of salt and stir until silky smooth; leave to cool for 5-10 minutes.
Carefully spoon the icing over the cooled cake, allowing it to drizzle over the sides. Leave to set for a few minutes before scattering the top of the cake with the chopped caramelised pecan nuts. Leave to set completely before serving.
Will has been with Waitrose for 10 years, firstly as a Consultant Pastry Chef and now as a Senior Development & Innovation Chef. He is the author of three popular baking books, including the best-selling Afternoon Tea at Home. His no-nonsense approach to the techniques in patisserie and chocolate making has earned high praise in reviews for all his books.

This recipe has been shared as part of our Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 Choose The World You Want festival.

FIND MORE RECIPES IN THE FESTIVAL FOODIE TENT

 

Events Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight Events in Guernsey 2022

Fairtrade Fortnight – Monday 21 February to Sunday 6 March 2022.

CHOOSE THE WORLD YOU WANT.

  

Events arranged by Fairtrade Guernsey:

Saturday 26 February –

BIG Fairtrade Breakfast @ Les Cotils Centre, St Peter Port, Harry Bound Room,8.45 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. Full English breakfast £10.50; Full Continental Breakfast £7.75. Names to Roy Sarre 263930 or email madroy@cwgsy.net
or Paul Davis 236606 lasabliere@cwgsy.net

Children’s Library Event @ Guille Alles Library. 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Wednesday 2 March –

Fairtrade Celebration @ Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday 5 March – 

Fairtrade Quiz – FULLY BOOKED

“Design-a-Fairtrade-Cup” Competition for School Children. (Deadline 11 March).

Check out our Facebook page for further details plus “What’s on your Fairtrade pancake”!

Or see more from the Fairtrade Foundation –

http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/