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Switching to Fairtrade supports food producers

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“The people of Devon have made a massive difference to the lives of millions of farmers and producers across the world,” says our lead member for Fairtrade, today, the start of Fairtrade Fortnight, as the county marks it fourteenth year as a Fairtrade county.

Devon has successfully renewed it Fairtrade status for each of the last 14 years, by promoting and encouraging people where they can to choose Fairtrade goods to support food producers across the world.

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working wages and conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.

By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices to farmers and food producers, which must never fall lower than the market prices, Fairtrade enables the poorest and weakest producers to improve their position, and have more control over their lives.

This year, Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs until Sunday 12 March, is highlighting the urgent threat to the future of the foods we love and the livelihoods of the people who grow them, as they face the worst effects of the climate crisis.

According to the Fairtrade Foundation, food such as coffee, bananas and chocolate could become more difficult to buy due to climate change.

The current financial crisis is also taking a heavy toll on many people who are struggling to make ends meet, particularly so for smallholder farmers and workers, with the costs of fuel, fertiliser and food all increasing beyond what is affordable.

Our lead Member for Fairtrade, Councillor Andrew Saywell says :

“In the 14 years Devon has been a Fairtrade County, the people of Devon have made a massive difference to the lives of millions of farmers and producers across the world.

“Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers the world over.

“Many of these goals reflect that of Devon’s Climate Emergency and as we go forward, even in the current cost of living crisis, remaining mindful of Fairtrade principles, and where possible making small acts and changes to our behaviour, can help make a difference.

“I hope our continued support for Fairtrade will lead us to a truly sustainable future, both in Devon and across the world.”


Events are being held across Devon to mark Fairtrade Fortnight, and the public are invited to attend.

EventVenueTickets and contact details
Fairtrade lunchTuesday 28 February, at 12.30/1pm URC Church, 1 Russell St, Tavistock PL19 8BDOpen to all
Cream tea event with Rwandan visitorsTuesday 28 February 4.30pm – 5.30pmSalvation Army Hall, Sheppard’s Row, ExmouthOpen to all. Come and join us
Afternoon Cream Tea to meet Rwandan Coffee FarmersWednesday 1st March 3pm -4.30pmRiverside Community Centre Bovey Tracey (next to the main Car Park)Free Entry, but a ticket will be required.Tickets from:  s.oldrieve@btinternet.com01626 830052
Trowbridge Fairtrade Town Group eventPublicity event with banner displayed, film, literature, display boards, refreshments.Friday 3 March 10am – 1pmThe Foyer at the Civic Centre, TrowbridgeOpen to all – no cost
Highlighting 3 “endangered products”: coffee, cocoa and bananas. Displays by two local schools and Fairtrade refreshments,Saturday 4 March 10am – 12pmPill Precinct, Easton in GordanoOpen to all
Coffee morning with the Deputy Lord MayorSaturday 4 March 10am – 2pmExeter GuildhallAll welcome
Coffee Morning and Fairtrade displaySaturday 4 March 10.30am-12.30pmSidmouth LibraryAll welcome
Fairtrade Coffee MorningSaturday 4 March 10am – 12pmGlenorchy Church Hall, Exeter Road, Exmouth EX8 1PLAll welcome
‘Fairtrade on the Minister Green’Saturday 4 March 10am – 2pmThe Minister Green, WimborneAll welcome – free chocolate, a smoothie bike and a stall from the town’s Fairtrade shop.
Social Evening with our Rwandan guests from Twongerekawa Coko Women’s Fairtrade Coffee Co-operativeBring & Share meal and Rwandan coffee tasting.Saturday 4 March 6pm – 9pmKennford, EX6 7TZBook via Eventbrite to receive details of the venue or email 
Fairtrade Church ServiceSunday 5 March 10:30amFairplace Methodist Church OkehamptonAll welcome
Fairtrade Community Feast (Bring and Share) with Rwandan visitorsSunday 5 March 12pm – 3pmThe Ockment Centre Hall, OkehamptonFree event – all welcome
Fairtrade Coffee morningMonday 6 March 10am – 12pmTavistock Library, The Quay, Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8ABAll welcome
Co-operative Party Fairtrade eventMonday 6 March 8pmBy ZoomContact for Zoom link
Afternoon tea with Rwandan visitorsTuesday 7 March 3pmThe Strand Centre, DawlishAll welcome
A Celebration of Fairtrade in Ivybridge with our guests from Twongerekawa Coko coffee cooperative in Rwanda and Owen’s Coffee Roastery in IvybridgeWednesday 8 March 6pm -7:30pmIvybridge Town HallFree event – all welcome. To book, email  
Reception with councillors, shop owners and Fairtrade group members.Friday 10 March 3pmThe Guildhall, Totnes.All welcome
Dawlish Fairtrade Friends ConcertFriday 10 March 7:30pm (doors from 7pm)The Strand Centre, DawlishTickets £7 from The Strand Centre (ticket prices includes Fairtrade refreshments – tea/coffee/wine/snacks)
Coffee morning with the MayorSaturday 11 March  10.30am -12.30pmTown Council Chambers, FalmouthAll welcome – no charge
Fairtrade Coffee morning, publicity and fundraising eventSaturday 11 MarchChair’s house, TrowbridgeOpen to all.Contact Lyndsey Wright via for details.
International Women’s Day eventSaturday 11 March 11am – 4pmThe Phoenix, ExeterAll welcome
Church service followed by Fairtrade refreshmentsSunday 12 March 10am St James Church, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AHAll welcome