Fair trade helps support 7 million people in the developing world.Â Our shopping habits can make a real difference to the worldâ€™s poorest people.Â By buying food and presents from developing countries we will help grow their economies and reduce poverty.
So Iâ€™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 Governmentâ€™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 UKâ€™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 worldâ€™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 Â£284 million, up from Â£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.