Five ways to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight in Bristol
Today marks the start of Fairtrade Fortnight in Bristol, an annual event to raise awareness of how consumers can offer farmers and workers in developing countries a better chance to work their way out of poverty.
Millions of people in developing countries depend on farming, yet are trapped in poverty by the rules of world trade which keeps them powerless to earn enough to cover their costs and with nothing to save for their families.
Fairtrade Fortnight aims to change this through fairer wages, safer conditions at work and the 'Fairtrade premium' which is used to invest in projects to improve life for whole communities around the globe.
See how you can get involved with Fairtrade Fortnight events taking part in Bristol over the next two weeks.
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Fairtrade Discovery Afternoon
An afternoon of Fairtrade discovery to raise funds for Penny Brohn Cancer Care. Enjoy a Fairtrade drink and cake made by the Penny Brohn chefs, sample a selection of Fairtrade tea and coffee and see what's new in the Fairtrade Market.
• March 3 from 2pm to 6pm at the Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre, Pill.
Fairtrade Coffee Morning
Enjoy free coffee and biscuits as you browse stalls featuring Fairtrade food, giftware and other goods from Winscombe Co-op, Cleopatra's Wardrobe and Sandford Stores.
• March 3 from 10am to midday at Winscombe Community Centre, Sandford Road, Winscombe, North Somerset BS25 1JA.
UWE Fairtrade Farmers Market
In addition to the usual local sellers there will be additional fairtrade stalls including clothing, tea, Traidcraft and food products. Plus, visit our regular 100% Fairtrade drinks stall and our cafeteria for Fairtrade menu options.
• March 6 from 10am to 2pm at University of West of England, Frenchay Campus.
International Women's Day Celebration
Organised by Bristol Fairtrade Network, this event features speakers including Sandra Rojas, a Fairtrade sesame producer from Nicaragua. Also with food and Beira Music from Bristol station Ujima Radio.
Bristol Fairtrade Business Awards
TV presenter George Alagiah will host this year's Fairtrade Business Awards ceremony in Bristol which recognise the achievements of fair and ethical business in the city. There are four categories, including Best Fairtrade Office, Best Fairtrade Retailer, Best Fairtrade Catering Outlet and Best Fairtrade Accommodation.