Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 25th February – 10th March

February 24, 2019

Oxford marks its 15th Fairtrade Fortnight

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight again! From today, 25th February until March 10th the Fairtrade City of Oxford is marking the event for the 15th year running through its many fair trade shops, universities and businesses. To mention but a few; Fairtrade at St Michael’s will be holding a  Fairtrade Fortnight extravaganza on the Saturday 9th March, with quizzes, musical instruments, and a human sized Fairtrade Banana!

The Botanic Gardens will be hosting a Fairtrade display to help you “discover more about cocoa, from how it grows to how it’s processed to make one of our favourite snack foods” and “Find out more about how the living income and the Fairtrade premium makes a real difference to cocoa farmers and their communities.”

And the world’s first Fairtrade University, Oxford Brookes and the Fairtrade colleges of Oxford University will be laying on events and activities for their students, raising awareness of the importance of fair trade in the next generation…


Sweeten your pancakes with fairness this Pancake Day

Divine Chocolate, banana and maple syrup pancakes

Shrove Tuesday – aka Pancake Day – falls within Fairtrade Fortnight on March 5th. Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday is the last day gorging yourself before the 40-day fasting period of Lent in the run up to Easter. For many, this is a time of self-reflection, repentance and consideration of how to live better. So it’s the perfect day to switch to Fairtrade versions of the sugar, spices, jam, honey, bananas and chocolate that make your pancakes so delicious. You can buy these ingredients at many shops in Oxford, including Fairtrade at St Michaels, Headington Fairtrade, or your local Co-op.


Cocoa farmers deserve a living income

And talking of chocolate… that is the theme for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight: the Fairtrade Foundation invites you to support the #SheDeserves campaign for a living income for cocoa farmers in West Africa. The Foundation says “Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live in poverty.

For the women the situation is even worse. They may plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, carry water, collect wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but often with fewer rights than men. This is why we at Fairtrade are campaigning for a living income to become a reality for cocoa farmers in West Africa. If we can work together with governments, chocolate companies and retailers to make the commitments and policies necessary, then we can make it happen.”

Visit the Fairtrade Foundation website for more information and how you can help: www.fairtrade.org.uk


Support Palestinian Fair Trade Craft Producers

February 12, 2019

Many producers of beautiful, fair trade handicrafts are struggling to survive – especially now with Traidcraft having to pull out of many suppliers. Craft producers in Palestine in particular badly need your support. Please help – and get yourself some truly exquisite artefacts by placing an order with The Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society. https://www.holyland-handicraft.org/en


Join our Fairtrade Tea & Biscuits supporting World day for Eradication of Leprosy. Plus Documentary & Sale of Fairtrade Products. 26th January 3.30pm – 5pm

January 21, 2019

judith 26 jan event

Second Fair Trade tour of Palestine

January 16, 2019

Following the trip to Palestine by OFTC members, Carol Wills and Elizabeth Laskar, and the enlightening talk by fair trade producer Nawal Slemiah, we are pleased to share details from Catholic Relief Services of the second Fair Trade Tour.

OFTC’s 14th AGM: ‘Can Business deliver Human Rights?’

November 16, 2018

Join us this International Human Rights Day to discuss whether business can deliver on human rights. Our speakers –  Erinch Sahan, Chief Executive of the World Fair Trade Organisation, Phil Bloomer, Director of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and Dr Jill Millar, Senior Lecturer in Business and Management will share their experience and lead a discussion on one of the most important topics of our time as we face the consequences of globalisation…

The discussion, and the OFTC AGM, takes place on December 10th at the Council Chamber, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, 19:00-21:00. Free entry, donations welcome.

To be sure of a place, please register here.


November 4, 2018

Don’t miss this exciting art exhibition by OFTC member, Kate McFarlane.

Fair Trade Festival at One World Fair

October 20, 2018

As part of the One World Fair and Fair Trade Festival Oxford Fair Trade Coaltion (OFTC) presents

A programme of Talks and Tastings

3 November 2018 at the Oxford Town Hall Assembly Rooms

Image: Fairtrade Scotland


You’ve heard about fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate – but there are many fascinating stories behind them. Find out more  and explore the sweet tastes of fairness!

  • Try Divine Chocolate‘s new range that’s not just fair trade, but also vegan and organic
  • Compare the tastes of different fair (and unfair!) trade teas – is your palate discerning enough to know the difference?
  • Sample the delights of  Eswatini Kitchens chutney and hear the stories behind the ingredients
  • Wake up and smell (and taste) the Mzuzu coffee and find out how certification has helped the growers
  • Show your good taste in fashion by hearing about how fair trade tartan improves the lives of producers.

Please visit our Events page for details of all the talks and tastings on the day.

The One World Fair and Fair Trade Festival is a collaboration between the Oxford Oxfam Group and Oxford Fair Trade Coalition, and is sponsored by Oxford City Council.