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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day!

 On 11th May 2013 Myakka will be supporting World Fair Trade Day. World Fair Trade Day is designed to encourage us all to buy more fair trade products so we can make a real difference to the lives of millions of producers across Africa, Asia and Latin America. World fair trade day is a festival of events that celebrates the work of fair trade which is celebrated in over 70 countries around the world.

World Fair Trade Day celebrates the work that fair trade has done to help producers from some of the poorest parts of the world fight poverty and provide a sustainable livelihood for the rest of their lives and beyond. It celebrates the millions of people working within fair trade and the world of producers and traders who support fair trade to help provide a fair and sustainable living for everyone involved within the supply chain. It is about encouraging and strengthening fair trade relationships and building on the 10 principles of fair trade.

This year to support Fair trade fortnight we gave away an amazing fair trade hamper we put together with the help of some of our fair trade friends. Fair trade is an important part of the Myakka ethos and we want to encourage as many people as possible to support and to buy fair trade products. More and more people are seeing fair trade and the right and sustainable thing to do, big brands have now started using fair trade produce such as chocolate and more and more fair trade products are available in our shops every week from flowers and fruit to beer and biscuits, there has never been a better time to buy fair trade. 

May is a busy month for fair trade as the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) Biennial Conference will take place and from the 26th – 28th May 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. Although we would love to go to hear about all the developments in fair trade and to discuss all the challenges and opportunities, Rio is a little too far from sunny Somerset to make the trip but we are looking forward to hearing all about it. During the event Rio will be nominated as Global Fair Trade Capital because of the work that is done there to encourage and promote fair trade.

To celebrate World Fair Trade Day The British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS) have made a video celebrating fair trade and explains what fair trade is all about. The video 'For a Few Pesso More' shows the supply chain on a coffee bean and how small, simple changes to this chain can make a big difference to the farmers growing the crop. To take a look at the video simply click here.

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