As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, a Fairtrade march on parliament is taking place tomorrow (Monday). To rally the troops, here is a letter from Mr Harry Hill himself:
Join the ‘Mini March’ on Parliament to support smallholder farmers. It sounds crazy but it might just work…
Half of the world’s hungriest people are farmers which seems unfair when many of them are growing the food that we eat every day. Millions are struggling to feed their families or make a decent living because they are not getting paid enough for growing or producing these goods.
Starting in Fairtrade Fortnight (25 February – 10 March 2013), me and my little friend here will be going NUTS for Fairtrade by joining the Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘mini march’ on Parliament to demand the Government takes more action to improve conditions for smallholder farmers in poorer countries.
My character, along with thousands of other paper people, will march on Downing Street on 4th March to urge the government to raise the issue at the upcoming G8 summit.
The more Fairtrade products we buy, the more farmers and workers in developing countries will get a better price for the products they grow. The extra money which goes to the farmers from Fairtrade sales also helps them to improve their lives – to educate their children, for example, and put proper roofs on their homes. I saw this for myself at Fairtrade banana and cocoa farms in Ghana and when I met the peanut farmers who grow ‘Harry’s Nuts!’ Fairtrade peanuts in Malawi.
For this reason I pledge to buy double quantities of my favourite Fairtrade peanuts this year. How will you go further for Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is more than just bananas and coffee. There are so many more Fairtrade products you can choose including chocolate, rice, sugar, wine, cotton tee shirts as well as nuts (yum yum!). By doing this you’ll be helping to change the lives of the world’s poorest farmers.
It’s easy to support Fairtrade – just choose products at a shop, store, cafe or pub which carry the FAIRTRADE Mark. And visit www.fairtrade.org.uk/gofurther and join the Fairtrade mini march with me.