Fairtrade Fortnight: This Year It’s All About Supporting Cocoa Farmers – And Eating Chocolate
You have a two week, charitable excuse to scoff all the chocolate you want
28 February 2019
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There is no better time to indulge in a slab of dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate truffles, or a bar of fruit and nut, than Fairtrade Fortnight, which kicks off today.
Especially as this year, organisers Fairtrade Foundation, are focusing on the plight of cocoa farmers – particularly female farmers – in an effort to raise awareness and achieve a living wage for workers.
In West Africa, to attain a living income – which Fairtrade define as “enough money to live a simple but dignified life” – cocoa workers need to make £1.86 (AED 9) a day, but most live in poverty, earning around 74p (AED 3.62), and “for the women the situation is even worse,” they say.
So what can we do to help? Between signing up to Fairtrade’s #SheDeserves campaign and following along as they tell women’s stories of cocoa farming in the Côte D’Ivoire, you can buy, cook with and eat Fairtrade chocolate.
Here are some Fairtrade players, and what to do with their sweet stuff…
Make chocolate chip cookies with a chopped up bar of Tony’s Chocolonely (£3.89, 180g).