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Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight in Lincoln

Posted on 24th February, 2016 by Lincoln Against Poverty

Help to celebrate the use of Fairtrade products in Lincoln during the upcoming Fairtrade Fortnight, in coordination with the Fairtrade Foundation.

Fairtrade Fortnight (February 29 – March 13) will seek to spread awareness of the plight of farmers and other workers who put food on our plates every day. Fairtrade products are those which come from farms or other workplaces where the staff are treated fairly, paid a good wage and work in good conditions.

The people who grow the food we take for granted can’t always feed their own families. We can support farmers and workers to put food on the table for their families by harnessing the power of a Fairtrade breakfast.

This year’s theme for Fairtrade Fortnight is food security. It is a sad irony that many of the farmers and workers who feed the world are themselves going hungry. By supporting Fairtrade, you can ensure that these farmers and workers are able to fulfil a basic human need – to put enough food on the table for themselves and their families, all year round.

As part of the fortnight, the City of Lincoln Council and other organisations in Lincoln (such as the University of Lincoln) will be involved in promoting the benefits of Fairtrade products.

Councillor Gary Hewson, the city council’s Fairtrade Fortnight spokesman, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight campaign. It’s fantastic to be able to promote the benefits of purchasing Fairtrade products to the people of Lincoln.

“Whether it’s tea or coffee, bananas or wine, it’s massively important that we know we’re purchasing products that have come from an environment that treats its workers fairly and responsibly.

“It is hoped that this campaign will contribute to Lincoln re-affirming its status as a Fairtrade City.”

Next Tuesday (March 1), the University of Lincoln will be hosting a variety of activities to celebrate Fairtrade produce. These include: selfies with the Fairtrade banana, games, breakfast pancakes with delicious Fairtrade fillings, Fairtrade wine-tasting, and also a Fairtrade quiz. This will be taking place between 10am and 2pm in the Atrium in the Minerva building at the university.

And at the council, each of the Neighbourhood Working Teams will set up a display area in their neighbourhood offices during the fortnight to raise further awareness of Fairtrade products.

A display area will also be set up in the reception at City Hall, together with posters and leaflets being made available at Bracebridge, Sudbrooke Drive and St. Giles community centres.

More information about the Fairtrade Fortnight campaign can be found at the Fairtrade Foundation website here.