February 2, 2021 | Leave a comment This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (22 February – 7th March ) will be very different from previous years, but there will be plenty of events going on, which you will be able to join from the comfort of your home. Locally we will be holding an online Coffee Morning, with a quiz, short films, and recipes, as part of this year’s campaign to increase awareness of the urgent message of Fairtrade and climate change. Saturday 6th March, 11am, online – we’ll be meeting by Zoom and we would love you to join us – contact us using the form below and we will email you the link. Of course you will have to be make your own coffee – or tea, but we will be sharing recipes for cakes, biscuits and other treats made with Fairtrade ingredients on our website and Facebook page in the run up to event, so we can all enjoy a fair treat together. The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is also hosting events – details here https://www.scottishfairtradeforum.org.uk/events/ In addition, the Fairtrade Foundation is inviting everyone to take part in their online festival, being launched to highlight how the climate crisis is affecting the future of food and those who produce it. Taking place during Fairtrade Fortnight 2021, from 22 February – 7 March, the Choose the World You Want Festival will feature a series of online events designed to engage, inform and educate people around the urgent message of Fairtrade and climate change. Find out more at www.fairtrade.org – and there’s also information here for Schools and Businesses. Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 marks the start of a new climate campaign asking the British public to get behind Fairtrade so that farmers overseas can benefit from fairer prices, fairer trading practices and the resources needed for tackling the climate emergency in climate vulnerable countries such as Kenya and Honduras. As global trade changes in ways we could not have imagined a year ago, poverty will continue to be a key contributor to further environmental degradation and the inability for farmers to adapt to environmental shocks. The farmers behind some of our favourite foods need empowerment, fair value, fair prices, and fairer trading practices to resource the investment needed for mitigation, adaptation, diversification and resilience in the face of the climate crisis. The climate crisis is an immediate and ever-increasing threat and those in climate vulnerable countries are already seeing its impacts from droughts and crop disease to floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests. With the emergence of the global COVID pandemic, the challenges that farmers face now are bigger than ever before with falling commodity prices and widespread shocks reverberating along our global supply chains. Ongoing poverty in farming communities makes it increasingly hard to cope with the effects of climate change.