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Supporting Fairtrade Fortnight

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27 February 2015
Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 This week I hosted an event in Parliament as part of Fairtrade Fortnight - a national campaign that turns the spotlight on the people in the developing world who grow some of the British public’s favourite everyday commodities (including cocoa, sugar and tea) – to show the difference that Fairtrade makes to their lives.
At the event I was pleased to meet Malawian sugar cane farmer Allan Saidi and Jamaican sugar cane farmer Alexia Ludford who told MPs about the importance of Fairtrade for farmers and their communities in developing countries. More than 1.5 million farmers and workers in 74 developing countries benefit from the Fairtrade initiative, by earning a fair price and a Fairtrade Premium, which they can invest in their businesses and their communities, for example to build hospitals, provide access to clean water, and enable children to go to school.

I know trade justice is something people in Lewisham really care about and I am proud to be backing Fairtrade this Fortnight – an initiative that makes some of the poorest farmers make a decent living from their work.

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