ON Saturday, May 14, 2011, millions of small producers, artisans, farmers, Fairtrade producers, traders, and consumers, will celebrate World Fair Trade Day.
This is a Worldwide event supported by the business and consumer community, by policy makers and the media, as well as by thousands of social movements, non-governmental organisations, and more than 100,000 volunteers.
I have supported the principles of Fairtrade since my previous career in the sugar beet industry, where I saw the need to pay suppliers a fair price for their products.
This year I want to encourage as many people as possible in the constituency to support Fairtrade.
The official website – www.worldfairtradeday10.org – gives some very good reasons for doing so. The declaration says: ‘The global economic crisis, food crisis, and climate change affect the world’s most vulnerable populations hardest. More than a third of world’s population live in poverty (2.7 billion people live on two dollars a day.)
The global food crisis has worsened this dramatic situation even further, with 925 million people suffering from hunger. The global crisis confirms the need for fair and sustainable economy locally and globally, and for trade to deliver sustainable livelihoods and development opportunities to small producers.
I am pleased Solihull Council has for some years supported Fairtrade wherever possible, and I hope many more people in the borough will do the same. Buying Fairtrade goods is becoming easier, as more and more supermarkets and independent stores stock them. Just visit http://www.fairtrade.org.uk