Oxford will be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight over the next two weeks with a host of online events.

Fairtrade Fortnight, an annual campaign that promotes a living wage and fair trade for the farmers and workers who grow the food we eat, runs from February 22 until Sunday, March 7.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 marks the start of a new climate campaign asking the British public to get behind Fairtrade so that farmers overseas can benefit from fairer prices, fairer trading practices and the resources needed for tackling the climate emergency.

The Oxford Fairtrade Coalition will be hosting events online in the city, including:

• A free online festival of events to entertain, educate and inspire: ‘A Festival of Climate, Fairtrade and you’

• A baking competition using fair trade ingredients. The winning entry will receive a £50 Fairtrade Co-op hamper full of Fairtrade goodies

• 'Hidden Voices in the Market' on Thursday, March 4 at 6pm – 7:30pm. The online discussion will feature experts on the Fairtrade supply chain talk about their challenges and successes.

For more information about the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition and what you can do during Fairtrade Fortnight, visit: oxfairtrade.org.uk

Oxford has been a Fairtrade city since 2004.

Bart Ashton, Chair of the Oxford Fairtrade Coalition, said farmers producing chocolate and coffee abroad have 'contributed the least to climate crisis – yet they are among the world’s most vulnerable' and said they need support.

Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, which supports Fairtrade Fortnight, said: “Simple changes such as selling and buying Fairtrade drinks and goods can make a difference to those who need it.

"Producers all around the world deserve to be fairly paid for their work.”

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