Colin Smyth MSP
Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 runs from 21 February until 6 March and South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth, who is chairman of the Dumfries and Galloway Regional Fairtrade Steering Group, as well as convener of the Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group on Fair Trade, has said choosing Fair Trade can make a real difference to producers in the developing world, many of whom are living in terrible poverty.
While the continuing pandemic means that Fairtrade Fortnight events are still curtailed, the local MSP has said that even making small changes and picking Fair Trade products during the weekly grocery shop can play an important role.
Colin Smyth said: “As the pandemic continues, making a commitment to choose Fair Trade has never been more important.
“That is why this Fairtrade Fortnight I am urging everyone to make the switch if they can.
“I am aware that many people are still struggling as the pandemic continues and choosing Fair Trade might not seem like a priority, however, buying even a couple of Fair Trade products during the weekly grocery shop can make a big difference to the lives of producers across the world.
“The basic principles of Fair Trade—better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries and across the world—have never been more important than they are now. Fair Trade is also absolutely consistent with a desire to buy local. There are obviously many Fair Trade produce that are simply not grown here, from coffee to bananas, but also many fantastic local Fair Trade supporting shops.
“Covid means that fewer events than normal are being held, but one highlight will be the Dunscore Big Brew on Saturday 26 March from 11am- 2pm at Dunscore Church and Glenriddell hall. It’s always a fantastic event with lots of stalls and products from local produces, as well as the opportunity to learn more about Fair Trade.”