Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from 26 February – 11 March this year.
Fairtrade aims to ensure that some of the most disadvantaged people in the developing world are getting a better deal from trade, through fair prices, sustainable farming practices and community investment.
The University recently had its Fairtrade status renewed and as part of Fairtrade Fortnight is running a number of events:
- Fairtrade Talk with Fr John Joseph
Monday 26 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, McClay Library Auditorium
Fr John Joseph is a farmer, priest and lawyer with over 20 years of experience working with marginalised and rural communities in India. Fr John founded WOFFA (WSSS Organic Farmers Fairtrade Information), a Fairtrade producer of coffee and spices, in the rural Wayanad region of Kerala, India. Under his leadership, WOFFA has grown from 400 farmers in 2008 to the biggest organic and Fairtrade producer organisation in India. Fr John will tell the story of his co-operative and talk about the positive impacts that Fairtrade has made.
Registration required. To register for the talk, please click here.
- Riddel Hall Fairtrade Coffee Morning
Thursday 1 March, 8.30am – 10.00am, Isdell Courtyard
Campus Food and Drink would like to invite you to a Fairtrade coffee morning at Riddel Hall on Thursday 1 March. Everyone is welcome to call in for a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee to start the day.
- Honey & Herb Workshop, with Infinity Farm
Wednesday 7 March, 2.30pm – 4.00pm, The Naughton Gallery
Led by urban beekeepers Infinity Farm, we will learn about ways to protect bees as vital parts of our ecosystem, taste six different types of honey produced locally, and make our own 100% Beeswax and Honey lipbalms to take away. Infinity Farm's herbal tea bar will be there throughout the afternoon.
Registration required. Please email Rachel Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and to register.
- SU Shop: The SU Shop will have up to 20% off selected Fairtrade food, drink and clothing from 26 February – 11 March.
Cafes across the campus will also be running various promotions throughout Fairtrade Fortnight.