Fairtrade Fortnight

Find out what is going on in Fairtrade Fortnight and discover what the group has been up to in previous years' events.

What is happening during Fairtrade Fortnight 2021?

This year we are highlighting the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers in the communities Fairtrade works with.

Event: Fairtrade Fortnight: Choose the world you want

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 will highlight 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 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. More than ever, they need a fair price for their crops and their hard work. ​

Preston, South Ribble

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Event: Shared Interest's Work with Fairtrade Farmers in Africa

Live link with Kodzo Korkortsi, programme manager for Shared Interest Foundation (www.shared-interest.com), based in Ghana. Hear about the Fairtrade producers working against adversity in an environment of climate change and Covid. Kodzo will give an overview of the Foundation's recent projects including Bees for Business which is working with women beekeepers in Burkina Faso and talk about the Livelihood Security Fund which has been helping producers affected by Covid.

Added Friday, 12th February 2021
Location: This event is at 7pm on Zoom. Please email fairpreston@gmail.com for joining details.
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Cost: Free online event.

Event: Fairtrade and Climate Change

Stefan Donnelly from the Campaigns Team at the Fairtrade Foundation will highlight 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. 
This event is being hosted by Climate Action Preston in conjunction with Preston & South Ribble Fairtrade Group.


Added Friday, 12th February 2021
Location: This event is at 1pm on Zoom. Please email fairpreston@gmail.com for joining details.
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Cost: Free online event.

Event: United by Fairtrade

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us more than ever how interconnected we are globally. This interconnection is at the very heart of the Fairtrade message, bringing people of all faiths, and none, together. Adam Gardner, Head of Campaigns at the Fairtrade Foundation, will talk about the challenges currently faced by farmers and workers in the global south – the ‘key workers beyond our borders’ - and what we can do.

Added Friday, 12th February 2021
Location: This event is at 7pm on Zoom. Please email fairpreston@gmail.com for joining details.
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Cost: Free online event.

Event: The Big Fairtrade Fortnight Quiz 2021

How much do you know about Fairtrade? Pit your wits against other local folk and maybe win a prize. Join us for a relaxing evening.

Added Friday, 12th February 2021
Location: This event is at 7pm on Zoom. Please email fairpreston@gmail.com for joining details.
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Cost: Free online event.

Previous Fairtrade Fortnights

Find out what the group has been up to in previous years

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

News: Taking a Fairtrade Break at the Oxfam Shop, Sat 25 Feb

The mayor & mayoress joined us in the morning
Added on Friday, 17th March 2017

News: Taking a Fairtrade Break on Preston Station, Fri 3 March

Mark Hendrick joined us as we campaigned on the station
Added on Friday, 17th March 2017

Event: Preston Takes a Fairtrade Break

Join us any time between 10am - 4pm at our stall outside the Oxfam Shop in Preston. We will be handing out information and free samples and encouraging people to join us for a Fairtrade Break and reflect on the issues surrounding Fairtrade and how we can all make a difference.
Took place on Saturday, 25th February 2017
Film evening starting at 8pm.. A special screening organised by Preston & South Ribble Fairtrade Group at The Continental Pub in Preston. Connected by Coffee is an inspiring and thought provoking documentary about the lives and history of the people who grow the coffee we drink. Tickets available from the Continental, from group members, or on the door.

Event: Connected by Coffee

Film evening starting at 8pm.. A special screening organised by Preston & South Ribble Fairtrade Group at The Continental Pub in Preston. Connected by Coffee is an inspiring and thought provoking documentary about the lives and history of the people who grow the coffee we drink. Tickets available from the Continental, from group members, or on the door.
Took place on Tuesday, 28th February 2017

Event: Preston Takes a Fairtrade Break

Join us any time between 10am - 4pm at our stall on Preston station. We will be handing out information and free samples and encouraging people to join us for a Fairtrade Break and reflect on the issues surrounding Fairtrade and how we can all make a difference. MP Mark Hendrick will take a break with us at 10.30.
Took place on Friday, 3rd March 2017

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018

Event: Film Evening - Dirty Gold War

Dirty Gold War - uncovers the human and environmental cost of our obsession with gold.
The film is a trip behind the scenes of a thriving industry. On one side, the displays of luxury goods; on the other, the appalling conditions of those cursed by dirty gold. A film that changes the viewer’s perception of this business and contributes to the fight for responsible ethics in gold.

Took place on Tuesday, 27th February 2018

Event: Photo Exhibition - Discover Fairtrade Gold

The Discover Fairtrade Gold photo exhibition - tells the story of how marginalised gold mining communities in Africa & South America are improving their lives and communities through Fairtrade.
Mon 5 March - Sat 10 March, every morning till 1pm, Sat till 12
Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, PR1 8JP

Took place on Monday, 5th March 2018

Event: Come on in - to Fairtrade - at Preston Market

Join us at Preston Market. What new Fairtrade products will you find? Come on in and we will show you how to fit Fairtrade into your breakfast, your dinner and your tea, with samples galore. Enjoy the chocolate fountain and have a go on our Fairtrade tombola. All day.
Took place on Saturday, 10th March 2018

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

Event: Fairtrade Stall at Sainsburys and Waitrose

Come and visit us at a Fairtrade stall in Sainsburys (1st and 2nd March) and Waitrose (8th and 9th March) to find out more about this years Campaign to achieve a living wage for cocoa farmers. We will highlight Fairtrade Products available in the store and resources will be available to learn more about the power of ethical purchasing
Took place on Friday, 1st March 2019

Event: Fairtrade at Preston Market 2nd March

Come and see us on Preston Market on Saturday 2nd March. On our stall we will invite people to have a dip in the chocolate fountain, play our special bagatelle game, and sign a card calling of a living income for the people who produce our chocolate. They can also show solidarity by purchasing from our large selection of Fairtrade chocolate on sale at the stall, including some very special bars made locally from Fairtrade chocolate and packaged exclusively for Preston by Elliechoc a local ethical chocolate company.
Took place on Saturday, 2nd March 2019

Event: Fairtrade Wine Tasting

Fairtrade Wine Tasting at the United Reformed Church in Fulwood. Come and join us for a relaxed evening of wine tasting led by an expert with a talk about Fairtrade wine producers. Snacks will also be provided. The event begins at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and costs £12 per ticket.
Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 07813 870641

Took place on Friday, 8th March 2019

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020

Event: Ready. Steady, Cocoa! Chocolate - Sweet and Bitter.

Fairtrade Fortnight 24 Feb-8 March
Calling all chocolate fans and fighters for fairness! In 2020 the campaign continues to ensure that all farmers are paid fairly for their work and are able to earn a living income, starting with cocoa farmers in West Africa - where 60% of all cocoa is produced.
Ready. Steady, Cocoa! Chocolate - Sweet and Bitter.
Join members of the Preston & South Ribble Fairtrade Group for a Chocolate Evening. Following refreshments and a quiz as people gather, there will be a short film, followed by 'blind' tastings and an illustrated talk about a visit to Fairtrade cocoa farms. Come and find out more about the nation's favourite treat on Tues 25th Feb, 7pm for 7.30pm at the Xaverian Centre, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood, PR2 8HE. All welcome. For more info phone 07813 870641

Took place on Tuesday, 25th February 2020

Event: Fairtrade in your Local Store - Booths

Come and visit us at a Fairtrade stall in Booths, Millbrook Way, on Friday Feb 28th and Sat 29th. You can find out more about this years Fairtrade Campaign to achieve a living wage for cocoa farmers. We will highlight Fairtrade Products available in the store and resources will be available to learn more about the power of ethical purchasing
Took place on Friday, 28th February 2020

Event: Leap into Fairtrade Chocolate

On Sat 29th Feb members of the group will be in St George's Centre between 10am-4pm inviting the public to 'Leap into Fairtrade Chocolate' - promoting Fairtrade chocolate and the campaign for cocoa farmers to get a living wage. We will be selling chocolate, handing out samples and bookmarks, having a display of Easter eggs and a game for children.
Took place on Saturday, 29th February 2020

Event: Come and find out more about Fairtrade with Savick Library Community Friends

Savick Library Community Friends will be holding a Fairtrade event on Wednesday 4th March from10:30 am to 12:00. Come and find out more about Fairtrade. Take part in a quiz to win a Fairtrade prize, sample a selection of Fairtrade chocolate and stay and have a Fairtrade brew and a chat. All the Fairtrade samples and products will be provided by the Co-op.

Venue: Savick Library, 6 Birkdale Dr, PR2 1UL Preston, Lancashire

Took place on Wednesday, 4th March 2020

Event: Fairtrade in your Local Store - Co-op

Come and visit us at a Fairtrade stall at Co-op on Dunkirk Lane, Leyland, for March 6th and 7th. You can find out more about this years Fairtrade Campaign to achieve a living wage for cocoa farmers. We will highlight Fairtrade Products available in the store and resources will be available to learn more about the power of ethical purchasing
Took place on Friday, 6th March 2020