Devon first achieved Fairtrade status on 8th October 2008 and this was successfully renewed in March 2010 and November 2012.
At Fairtrade Devon we want to make sure everyone in Devon knows about Fairtrade and wants to support it, so when they go shopping, they choose Fairtrade products. We think it's only fair that the people who work hard to produce what we eat, wear and use should be paid a fair wage for their work so that they have a chance to improve their lives, and those of their families.
Fairtrade Devon supports towns in Devon who already hold Fairtrade status in continuing with their good work, and encourages towns in Devon without the Fairtrade accreditation, to achieve it.
Every year for Fairtrade Fortnight a Fairtrade producer visits us in Devon. For Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 we were lucky enough to have a two week visit from Stephen Best, President of the Windward Islands Farmers’ Association (Winfa). He is a banana farmer on St Lucia in the Caribbean and his presentations to schools, community groups and businesses around Devon was a great success.
Previous Fairtrade visitors have been producers from:
- Peru (coffee) 2013
- Pakistan (apricots) 2012
- Mali (cotton) 2011
- Ghana (ccoa) 2010
- Palestine (olives) 2009
- Uganda (tea) 2008
We are now planning to offer training to become Fairtrade Ambassadors in Devon. Fairtrade Ambassadors can be anyone who will promote Fairtrade, whether in a school, workplace, college, university, places of worship or elsewhere. We are also linking with Exeter University (a Fairtrade university) and Exeter College, to increase the impact of Fairtrade in our area.
If you are interested to find out more about:
- Our Fairtrade Ambassador training programme
- How to gain the Fairtrade Schools Award for your school
- Ways of promoting Fairtrade in your workplace, place of worship, or community
- More about how to invite Devon’s Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 visitor
Contact us on:
Devon Development Education
The Global Centre
17 St Davids Hill
Exeter EX4 3RG
Telephone: 01392 438811