Fairtrade Fortnight 2006 revealed that sales of products with the FAIRTRADE Mark are now running at a rate of £200 million per year with 301 producer groups selling to the UK market. But it also provided an opportunity for UK consumers to learn about the farmers in some of the world’s poorest countries and get into the Fairtrade habit.
The Enfield & Barnet UNA together with the Enfield Civil Society Forum held a Fair Trade event in Oakwood in the London Borough of Enfield to mark Fair Trade fortnight! There were a number of exhibition stalls from Oxfam, Marks & Spencers and Sainsburys all displaying their fair trade products.
Rebecca Jenkins from Trade Craft welcomed people there and explained the importance of fair trade and its impact on the developing world. She gave a number of examples of good practice and welcomed the participation of the supermarkets and praised the way that they were developing a fair trade policy.
David Burrowes, the local MP as well as members of the Borough Council attended the event. All supported the aims of the fair trade movement and were committed to Enfield becoming a Fair Trade Borough. This view was supported by the two main political parties on the Council and both are working together to achieve the aims of fair trade.
Around 8,000 activities took place throughout the UK during Fairtrade Fortnight – in workplaces, clubs, universities, cafes and restaurants, shops and supermarkets, churches and other venues – to explain how a small change in shopping habits brings big changes for farmers and their communities in developing countries.