Fairtrade produce is on the rise

Despite people feeling the pinch of recession, it’s great to see Fairtrade movement is more popular than ever.

Twenty years on since the scheme launched in the UK, the market for Fairtrade produce has been doubling every two years.

According to the Fairtrade Foundation, more than seven million people in 60 countries worldwide directly benefit from the international Fairtrade system.

A global survey released recently demonstrates that public support for Fairtrade is still on the rise with shoppers increasingly expecting businesses to be more accountable and fair dealing with producers in developing countries.

Moses Renee is an example of one of the producers that the Fairtrade Foundation aims to assist.

He is from St. Lucia - a small island off the coast of Venezuela – and grows bananas.

Through the Fairtrade Foundation, farmers like Moses receive a minimum price for every box of bananas they sell and also receive an additional premium of $1 per box to fund community projects.

In recognition of Fairtrade Fortnight, Moses will be visiting Wirksworth and will be educating people on the benefits Fairtrade brings to people like himself.

Sue Stockwell, Chair of Wirksworth Fairtrade Group, said: “Moses has been deeply involved in his local Fairtrade farmers group and has served as president and vice president over the last four years.”

Moses will be visiting infant and junior schools in Wirksworth on Thursday 8 March in the afternoon and will also pay a visit to Anthony Gell school on Friday 9 March in the afternoon.

Sue Stockwell, said: “He will be sharing his experiences with the children and explaining how the support of Fairtrade helps him as a farmer.”

Wirksworth Fairtrade group will also be holding a coffee morning in the Memorial Hall on Saturday March 3 – on Farmers market day - between 10am and 2pm.

The event boasts a variety of cakes and goodies and promises that everything on offer will be made from Fairtrade products.

To find out more about Wirksworth Fairtrade group call 01629 826955.