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Fairtrade Fortnight

24 February 2018

Fairtrade LogoMonday 26 February – Sunday 11 March

MBM invites you to support Fairtrade fortnight 2018.

Around a third of the world’s 7.4 billion people are smallholder farmers and their families, who produce nearly 70% of all food consumed worldwide. Yet many aren’t paid what they deserve and remain trapped in a cycle of chronic poverty.

2018 sees the 24th Fairtrade Fortnight in the UK. Today, more than 1.65 million farmers and workers spread across more than 74 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system.

So what exactly is Fairtrade? The distinctive Fairtrade Foundation circular logo is possibly the most recognised ethical label in the world. Products that display it must meet set Fairtrade Standards. When you buy a fair-trade product the farmer or producer that supplies it gets fair terms of trade, a better deal for what they grow, and decent working conditions. In turn these small producers have to meet certain social, economic and environmental standards. In addition to the price they receive for their product, Fairtrade farmers also earn a Fairtrade Premium to invest in projects that will benefit their business or community. Coffee farmers, for example, must invest 25 per cent of this back into initiatives to improve quality and productivity, which are fundamental ways of increasing farmers’ incomes.

Switching to Fairtrade tea or coffee may not feel like it will make a big difference but when we all do it the impact is enormous.

MBM Omega stocks over 30 Fairtrade catering products. You can find them here.

If you need any information on sourcing Fairtrade products then please get in touch