Angus MP, Mike Weir, met sugar cane farmers at Parliament last week to hear about the importance of Fairtrade for farmers and their communities.
The meeting with Malawian sugar cane farmer, Allan Saidi and Jamaican sugar cane farmer, Alexia Ludford took place during Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 (February 23 to March 8).
Fairtrade Fortnight is a national campaign that turns the spotlight on the people who grow some of the British public’s favourite everyday commodities – including cocoa, sugar and tea – to show the difference that Fairtrade makes to their lives.
More than 1.5 million farmers and workers in 74 developing countries benefit from Fairtrade, by earning a fair price and a Fairtrade Premium, which they can invest in their businesses and their communities, for example to build maternity hospitals, provide access to clean water, and enable children to go to school.
Fairtrade Fortnight is supported by shoppers, campaigners, towns and businesses across the UK.
Many towns in Angus are Fairtrade towns and Angus is a Fairtrade county.
Mr Weir, who is a long standing supporter of Fairtrade, said: “After 20 years, the FAIRTRADE Mark is the best known ethical label in the world, but there’s still a long way to go to make all trade fair.
“Buying Fairtrade makes a big difference to sugar farmers like Allan and Alexia, and other farmers and workers in developing countries, so I’d like to encourage everyone to choose products that change lives.”
“This is an issue that is very important to many people in Angus who have campaigned long and hard on this issue ensuring that our towns and Fairtrade towns and our county is a Fairtrade county.
“There are now a very wide variety of Fairtrade products in our shops, many now from leading brand manufacturers.
“I would urge everyone to consider Fairtrade products and try at least one in this Fairtrade Fortnight”