Barbara has welcomed the Government’s plan to boost funding for the Fairtrade labelling system and is urging local shoppers to swap to Fairtrade products. Local people should look for the Fairtrade Mark on food, gifts and other products during Fairtrade Fortnight (22nd February – 7th March)
This year the Government is boosting support for Fairtrade significantly by quadrupling funding to £12 million over the next four years. This will bring another 1 million producers into the scheme and enable 7 million more people in poorer countries to benefit from the better deal offered by Fairtrade.
Already over 4,500 products have been licensed to carry the Fairtrade Mark and there are over 460 producer organisations selling to the UK, representing more than 1.5 million farmers and workers in developing countries.
“Small changes in our shopping habits can make a big difference to the world’s poorest people. By buying food, gifts and other products from developing countries we will help to grow their economies and to reduce poverty.
“That’s why I’m asking local shoppers where possible to swap their usual shopping for a Fairtrade product and to ask their local retailers to stock more Fairtrade goods.
“Salford is a Fairtrade City and local people can commit to Fairtrade by making a pledge on the website http://www.salford.gov.uk/fairtrade-pledge.htm. When we work together with retailers to promote and buy goods from developing countries, we can make a real difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.”
Barbara with Development Secretary Douglas Alexander
More information about Fairtrade Fortnight can be found at http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/thebigswap
Find out more about the Government’s international development work at www.difid.gov.uk