Choose The World you want festival - Fairtrade Fortnight 2022

Join us at this year's Fantastic Festival!

Join us at this year's Fantastic Festival!

Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 (21st February – 6th March) returns with its Choose The World You Want Festival for the second year to highlight how Fairtrade is the simple choice we can all make to support farmers and workers to adapt to the effects of climate change. We’re highlighting how the climate crisis will affect the future of our food and asking people to join us to find out how we can all protect people and planet.

The online festival, which runs for the two weeks of Fairtrade Fortnight, will feature around 40 virtual events designed to engage, inform, and educate people about the harmful effect of the climate crisis on farmers and food supplies. All events are free with an option to donate towards helping farmers and smallholders fight the effects of climate change.

How does Fairtrade support farmers in the climate crisis? Fairtrade is about social, economic and environmental justice. These are built into our standards and drive everything we do. A root cause of the inability to adapt to and mitigate climate change is poverty. More money in the hands of farmers is needed if they are to adapt and survive the climate crisis. Choosing Fairtrade fights for improvements in producers’ livelihoods with collective strength through co-ops and their bargaining power, the protection of a Minimum Price and Fairtrade Premiums. 

In 2019, Fairtrade also launched an ambitious new living incomes campaign to lead the way to a sustainable future for cocoa farmers. A living income would provide farmers with a decent standard of living – enough to cover all their cocoa farming costs and enough to cover their basic human rights, like a nutritious diet, children’s education and healthcare. Only when they have met these basic needs can they start to meet the challenges of our changing climate. 

FREE Events

The 2022 festival events have been announced! Check out the full line-up of events here: Choose the World You Want - Festival Lineup - Fairtrade Foundation and register for your free tickets. And there are more events to be announced, so check back regularly!

There will be films, workshops, masterclasses, talks, panel discussions, teacher training and live Q&A giving you the chance to meet small-scale farmers and workers fighting the climate crisis from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Coffee farmers from Kenya and Ghana, cocoa farmers from Peru, cotton farmers from India and olive farmers live from the olive groves in Palestine!

There’s something for everyone with topics ranging from chocolate and coffee to fast fashion and future climate goals. Companies like Co-op and Ben & Jerry’s discuss how they do business responsibly, and organisations like Fairtrade Africa discuss the realities for farmers and workers on the front line of the climate crisis.

New events are being added all the time, we’ve included a few highlights to give you a flavour of what’s on offer kicking off with:

21 February 7:00pm - FREE Film Screening and Q&A: Farmers Fighting the Climate Crisis hosted by Fairtrade Foundation. Register here.

24 February 5:00pm - Reboot the Conversation with M&S. A panel discussion hosted by Marks & Spencer with Reboot the Future and young climate activists to show you the power of climate conversation. Register here.

26 February 10:30am - Our Carbon Footprint and the Bigger Picture. A panel discussion hosted by Scottish Fairtrade Forum. As an ethical consumer, what do you need to know about the carbon cost of buying Fairtrade, and how does choosing Fairtrade create ripples of change around the world? Register here.

2 March 6:30pm - Fair Fashion? A Conversation on Fashion, Race and Climate Justice. A panel discussion hosted by Fair Trade Wales looking at the impact fashion and the legacy of colonialism has made on our planet, from pollution to the lives of the people who make our clothes. Register here.

3 March 7:00pm - Fairtrade Co-op Wine Tasting and Celebration of Fairtrade Wine. Join Co-op and guests for a special wine tasting and celebration of Fairtrade wine. Hear from Co-op’s very own wine connoisseur, Ed Robinson, and a Fairtrade wine producer from the comfort of your home! Choosing award-winning Fairtrade wines helps make positive changes to the lives of producers and their communities around the world. Register here.

6 March 6:00pm - Chocolate Has A Name. Join the National Campaigner Committee for an evening of storytelling, music and art with the Africaniwa tribe from the UK, Ghana and around the world.

Most people who grow the cocoa that goes to make our favourite chocolate bars can't afford to buy the fruits of their labours. Too often the cocoa beans are whisked off to the coast and sent off in ships to be processed in Europe. Children of cocoa farmers deserve better jobs in cocoa growing areas so they can stay with their families. Find out how you can help: Register here

Foodie Tent

Fill your boots on everything Fairtrade and food-related. With mouth-watering recipes and famous faces, all mixed up with that unique Fairtrade flavour, you’ve got all the ingredients you need for some seriously satisfying cooking…

Recipes for cakes, cookies and more from amazing chefs such as Melissa Hemsley and Anna Jones – we love So Vegan's Spiced Chocolate Coffee Sheet Cake. Recipe here.

Also a live bake-along with Sandy Docherty who will be sharing her recipe for York Tart - the rich chocolate tart that earned her a coveted Hollywood handshake on The Great British Bake-Off. For anyone wanting to cook along on March 3 at 6:00pm, register and find the ingredients list here.

You can pop in to see us in Harrogate to stock up on baking ingredients including Fair Trade Sugar, Chocolate and Coffee. We're also participating in #FAIRBRUARY which is encouraging everyone to try at least one new Fair Trade product during Fairtrade Fortnight. We have a wonderful range of food, gifts, household products and so much more - we'd love to welcome you to our little shop to see for yourself. By choosing Fair Trade you really are making a difference to people's lives, helping protect our planet and choosing the world you want.