Fairtrade Town groups in Abergavenny, Chepstow, Monmouth and Usk are asking local communities to support the drive for much-needed change to benefit farmers in developing countries.  Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 takes place from Monday 27th February to 12th March and the Fairtrade Foundation’s campaign theme proclaims; “It’s Time to put Fairtrade in Your Break.

 A refreshing cuppa or a snack is an important part of our daily routine, yet millions of farmers providing tea, coffee, chocolate and other products are struggling to make a living.  However hard they work, their pay falls short of what they deserve and consequently they’re unable to provide decent food, education or healthcare for their families or invest in better farming.  Local Fairtrade groups will join forces with the rest of the country to help ensure a fair deal by holding lots of Fairtrade breaks around the county.

 Ruth Prince of the Usk Fairtrade Group said: “The food on our tables as well as the tea and coffee in our mugs, all come from farmers who work hard but are not paid what they deserve.  Whether in the UK or in Malawi, no one deserves to be short-changed for a hard day’s work.  When we reach for the cheapest products, we may be unconsciously feeding exploitation.  We become part of the problem, but we can make a conscious choice to be part of the solution and support trade that is fair.

 “We need everyone in the community to get behind farmers and their families this Fairtrade Fortnight.  Choose Fairtrade when you next shop, ask your local store to stock Fairtrade products or come along to one of our events and find out more.”

 Councillor Phil Hobson, Monmouthshire County Council’s cabinet member for sustainability said: “Farmers get a better deal when they sell their crops on Fairtrade terms.  This leads to a higher and more stable income and can help them break the cycle of poverty in which they’re trapped.  Through Fairtrade, farmers can invest in better farming and earn more money, ensuring their children are fed and can go to school.  Communities can invest in clean water and clinics, improving everyone’s health.

 “The support of Monmouthshire’s Fairtrade Town Groups is vital in building awareness and helping the world’s poorest farmers get a fair deal.”

 The council has been central to Monmouthshire’s status as a Fairtrade County, and to mark the campaign a Fairtrade flag will be flown at County Hall over the two weeks.  The council will also hold a Fairtrade sale for staff at its Usk headquarters on Wednesday 8th March, and there will be a series of displays and events in the county’s community hubs.

 

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT EVENTS IN MONMOUTHSHIRE

Sun 19th Feb to Sun 5th March

Window display

High Street, Abergavenny

 

Mon 27th Feb to Sun 12th March

Opening hours

Fairtrade display with samples to give away on two days

Monmouth Hub

 

Mon 27th Feb

9am

Fairtrade school assembly

Ysgol Y Fenni

 

Tues 28th Feb

10am

Fairtrade flag raising

County Hall, Usk

 

Tues 28th Feb

10am -12noon

Coffee morning and Fairtrade stall

Methodist Church Hall, Abergavenny

 

Tues 28th Feb

12.30-2pm

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch and Fairtrade Stall

Methodist Church Hall, Abergavenny

 

Thurs 2nd  March

10.30am -12 noon

Coffee morning and Fairtrade Stall

Christchurch Community Hall, North Street, Abergavenny

 

Thurs 2nd March

2.30 to 4pm

Fairtrade Town 10th Birthday Tea Party

Chepstow Methodist Church Hall

Entry £2 for tea and homemade cake

 

Fri 3rd March

2-4pm

Women’s World Day of Prayer and Fairtrade Stall

Methodist Church, Castle Street, Abergavenny

 

Sat 4th March

10am to 1pm

Fairtrade Stall

Usk Farmers Market

 

Sat 4th March

10am to 2pm

Fairtrade coffee morning, with stalls selling fairly traded products from Oxfam, Love Zimbabwe + Tools for Self Reliance Cymru

Monmouth Priory

 

Sat 4th March

3-5pm

Celebratory Tea Party

Abergavenny Community Centre

 

Tues 7th March

12-12.30pm

Service with Fairtrade focus

Methodist Church, Castle Street, Abergavenny

 

Tues 7th March

10-12 noon

Abergavenny Baptist Coffee morning and Fairtrade stall

Abergavenny Baptist Church

 

Tues 7th March

10am to 2pm

Fairtrade Stall

Caldicot Hub

 

Wed 8th March

12 to 2pm

Fairtrade Stall

County Hall, Usk

 

Thurs 9th March

10am to 2pm

Fairtrade Stall

Chepstow Hub

 

Thurs 9th March

10am to 2pm

Fairtrade Stall

Usk Hub

 

Friday 10th March

7pm

“Fairtrade under Fire in Palestine” talk by Cathi Pawson, Zaytoun Communications Director. Zaytoun works to develop the UK market for Palestinian produce.  Fairtrade for Palestinian farming families provides an income and offers a voice to communities isolated by the restrictions of the Israeli occupation.

Monmouth Priory

Tickets £5 to include wine or a soft Fairtrade drink and Palestinian and local nibbles. Tickets at the door + Madeleine’s, Beaufort Court

 

Sat 11th March

10-12 noon

Fairtrade Coffee morning

Abergavenny Library

 

Sat 11th March

12 to 2pm

Fairtrade soup lunch and stall selling Oxfam Fairtrade produce

St Mary’s RC Church, St Mary’s Street, Monmouth