Eastbourne MP Backs Fairtrade Fortnight

Monday 6th March 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Caroline Ansell Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell has taken part in a Fairtrade Break in Parliament to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, which is asking shoppers to think about the farmers and workers in poor countries who produce the goods we consume.

The event helped to spread the campaign’s message of ‘Don’t Feed Exploitation’, as it highlighted that smallholder farmers are responsible for providing the majority of the UK’s tea and coffee, yet, for example, one in three people in Kenya’s coffee and tea growing regions live in poverty and the average cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire lives on less than 40p a day.

“We take our tea and coffee and chocolate bars for granted here in Britain but we must ensure farmers and workers who produce these goods for us continue to receive fair prices and decent conditions,” said Caroline.

"I will be meeting local Fairtrade leaders next week when they visit my office in Grove Road to discuss the issue."

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