More fair trade for Hull West and Hessle

Fair trade helps support 7 million people in the developing world.  Our shopping habits can make a real difference to the world’s poorest people.  By buying food and presents from developing countries we will help grow their economies and reduce poverty.

So I’m calling on people in Hull West and Hessle to buy fair trade products during this Fairtrade Fortnight (25th Feb to 9th March).

I welcome the Government’s announcement of further support to the Fair Trade movement and I would urge you to match this commitment and buy more Fair Trade products.

Already the UK’s demand for African fruit and vegetables benefits a million farmers and their families.

By consumers and retailers acting together to promote and buy goods from developing countries we can make a real difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

Key facts on fair trade:

  • Fair trade sales in the UK have been doubling every 2 years for the last eight years
  • The total value of fair trade labelled products sold in the UK in 2006 was £284 million, up from £196 million in 2005, a growth of over 1,000 per cent since 1998
  • This growth is not restricted to the UK: the market for fair trade labelled products has been growing worldwide at 30-40% a year.
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