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Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Steering Group at Leeds Met

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade guarantees that farmers, workers and producers in the developing world receive a fair price.

The money received for their crop covers the cost of production, a basic wage and a small amount of money to put back into clean water, health and education projects. Fairtrade in the UK is co-ordinated by the Fairtrade Foundation, based in London. The Fairtrade Foundation controls the use of an independent certification label called the FAIRTRADE Mark:

The FAIRTRADE Mark appears on over 1,000 products in the UK. It is your guarantee that the producer in the developing world will receive a fair price for that product. One of the best ways to tackle poverty in developing countries is to build trade links that offer a stable source of income to farmers and their communities.

How can you get involved?

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2006 runs from 6 - 19 March, with events and activities taking place across Leeds.

Some of the highlights are listed below:

Friday 3 March:

Media Launch
Courtyard Level, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL.

Join the Secretary of State for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Hilary Benn MP.

Sample Fairtrade coffee and chocolate donated by Starbucks Coffee Company. See performances by The Bananas and South Leeds High School. Take part in a Fairtrade competition. Compere Andrew Edwards, BBC Radio Leeds.

Wednesday 8 March:

Leeds Metropolitan University
Headingley Campus
Lecture Theatre D, James Graham building, 2-3pm

As part of the Fairtrade Fortnight Leeds Metropolitan University presents a seminar by:

Shailesh Patel – Cotton Project Manager with Agrocel Industries which works with Agrocel Pure & Fair Cotton Growers’ Association to gain Fairtrade certification and offers free technical services and training to cotton farmers including organic conversion.

Organised by the Fairtrade Steering Group at Leeds Met.
Please RSVP to Rachel Owens or phone: 0113 283 5133

Tuesday 14 March:

University of Leeds Fairtrade Declaration & Fairtrade City Celebrations
Parkinson Court, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT.

12.00 - 17.00 Fairtrade Fair in Parkinson Court
17.00 - 18.30 Fairtrade Celebration in Parkinson Court
18.45 - 19.45 Fairtradeification of Multinationals, Dr William Young, School of the Earth and Environment, Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre.
Browse Fairtrade stalls, exhibitions and a wide variety of activities. Refreshments.

Wednesday 15 March:

Leeds Metropolitan University
Headingley Campus

From 10.30am to 3pm, Student Union Bar,
Fairtrade stall serving Fair Trade teas and coffees to raise awareness of Fair Trade goods. Organised by Leeds Metropolitan Christian Union. Contact David Paterson tel: 07903 123283

Thursday 16 March:

Just Fair Laughs - Leeds' Fairtrade Comedy Café - Fairtrade Fortnight special Doors open 19.30, starts 20.00
Holy Trinity Church Café, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6HW.

Just Fair Laughs is the UK's first regular Fairtrade comedy night. Fairtrade drinks and snacks available. Just Fair Laughs is generously supported by Leeds Co-op. Tickets £4 per person, Email Reservations, all proceeds donated to SPEAK

Thursday 16 March:

World Music Evening
The Wardrobe, 6 St Peters Building, Leeds, LS9 8AH, Doors open 20.00

Maurice El Medioni, the 77 year old "Living Legend" of Oriental Piano, in his only appearance in the north. A mix of Cuban rhythms, French cabaret chic, early Rai and Oriental mellowness. Special Fairtrade drinks promotion, including cocktails at the bar. Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door. Contact Andy Brown 0113 225 2190.

Friday 17 March:

Leeds Metropolitan University
Student Union Bar, Civic Quarter

From 10.30am to 3pm
Fairtrade stall serving Fair Trade teas and coffees to raise awareness of Fair Trade goods. Organised by Leeds Metropolitan Christian Union. Contact David Paterson tel: 07903 123283

Many other events are taking place across Leeds during Fairtrade Fortnight - Get involved!

For further information on activities during Fairtrade Fortnight 2006, or to learn more about Fairtrade in general, please contact Sarah Wells, International Relations office, Leeds City Council: 0113 247 4129 Sarah Wells

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