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Fairtrade exhibition opened at Town Hall

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Gosport, Cllr Mark Hook and Cllr Zoe Huggins, have opened an exhibition at the Town Hall to mark this year's Fairtrade Fortnight (21 February to 6 March).

Cllr Huggins, who chairs Gosport Borough Council's Climate Change Board, said: "The Mayor joined me and local representatives from Fairtrade to show Gosport is proud to be a Fairtrade borough and play its part in raising awareness of ethical and sustainable purchasing.

"Fairtrade sustainability increases standards of living, protects the vulnerable and supports farmers training in climate-friendly farming, as well as helping them deal with the impact of climate change."

Sarah Hirom, co-ordinator of Gosport Fairtrade Action, said: "This Fairtrade Fortnight we want people to know that choosing Fairtrade products helps farmers in some of the most vulnerable countries earn enough to be able to invest in farming methods that protect the environment and tackle the impacts of climate change. 

"Hugo Guerrero, a coffee farmer in Peru, has summed this up, saying: 'Without Fairtrade, we would not be growing coffee. It would not be profitable. What I'm trying to do now is to work on different varieties, crop diversification and soil quality so we can face climate change.'

"We need to listen to the farmers and press our leaders to support them by keeping their COP26 promises."

The exhibition is open during Town Hall opening hours - 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Fairtrade Fortnight is run by the Fairtrade Foundation, which works to ensure a set of standards are met in the production and supply of a product or ingredient. For farmers and workers, Fairtrade means workers' rights, safer working conditions and fairer pay.  For shoppers it means high quality, ethically produced products.

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