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Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 (1)

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There’s a host of activities happening this Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight is the annual campaigning fortnight of the Fairtrade Foundation which this year runs from 24 February to 8 March.

The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘She deserves a living income’ focusing on the need to provide a fair wage for farmers and producers in developing countries.

Dudley Council is a Fairtrade Council and supports Fairtrade within the authority and promotes events run by the borough’s two Fairtrade towns, Stourbridge and Sedgley during Fairtrade Fortnight. The council will be hosting a pop-up exhibition in the council house during the fortnight.

Stourbridge Fairtrade is asking people to pledge to support fairtrade and will be putting up a display in Stourbridge Library.

They are also running a chocolate tasting session at St. Thomas’s Church Hall on Saturday 29 February from 10.30am – 12.30pm. They will be sharing the stories of cocoa farmers who grown the bean which turns into delicious chocolate. Fairtrade tea and coffee will also be available and chocolate will also be available to purchase. All donations will be sent to Traidcraft Exchange.

While at the hall, visitors can take in an exhibition of artwork on a fairtrade theme organised by the group and St James’s Primary, one of the borough’s fairtrade schools.

To find out more about Fairtrade and the Stourbridge Fairtrade group visit or

Sedgley Fairtrade Initiative is hosting a range of events.

On 15 February there was a Fairtrade Coffee Morning at Sedgley Community Centre. The Mayor, Councillor David Stanley attended and presented the prizes to the winners of an awareness raising poster competition. The winning are now on display at Ladies walk Centre.

On Friday 28 February from 10.30am there will be another Coffee Morning at All Saints Church. The church will also hold a special Fairtrade service on Sunday 1 March with special stalls selling Fairtrade produce.

There will be another Fairtrade service at St Andrews URC Methodist Church on 8 March.

Dudley Council will be staging a small display in the council house during the fortnight and will also be supporting the national campaign’s call for a fair income for all, and women in particular.

Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council said:

Fairtrade Fortnight does a great job of raising awareness and hopefully changing people’s shopping habits.
The committed volunteers at Stourbridge Fairtrade and Sedgley Fairtrade Initiative have helped to gain and maintain Fairtrade status for their respective towns, and alongside our Fairtrade schools and other supporters are working hard to make Dudley a Fairtrade borough.

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By paying sustainable prices, producers receive a fair wage which allows them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

For more information on Fairtrade visit the Fairtrade Foundation website

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