Groups in the East Riding will be hosting events over the coming days as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.
An annual event, Fairtrade Fortnight runs until the 10 March. Locally here in the East Yorkshire events will happen in Cherry Burton and also Hornsea.
Fairtrade Fortnight’s goal is to help raise awareness of the people who grow our food in some of the world’s poorest countries. Also, it aims to highlight how these people are often exploited and underpaid.
A spokesperson for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said;
“Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.”
“The Fairtrade East Riding Network has done an excellent job in encouraging residents and retail businesses to buy Fairtrade produce. We would encourage everyone to go out and support the events taking place over the next two weeks.”
On Tuesday, 5 March Cherry Burton Fairtrade and Local Produce group will be holding a Fairtrade pancake event.
Fairtrade Fortnight Event To Be Held In Cherry Burton
This will take place between 3.45 and 6.15PM at the St Michael Centre on Main Street. At this event Fairtrade honey, chocolate and sugar will be just some of the toppings for the pancakes.
The focus of this year’s event is the people who grow cocoa for the chocolate industry. Figures from the Fairtrade Foundation reveal that almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa are living in poverty.
Fairtrade Foundation also says that farmers struggle to earn the £1.86 a day in order to achieve a living income.
In 2011, East Riding of Yorkshire Council passed a motion stating it would work with the voluntary group, Fairtrade East Riding Network.
As a result, the local authority continues to help promote fair trade. Last year the East Riding cemented its support by renewing its status as a Fairtrade county.
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