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I participated in a virtual parliamentary event to mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight.

The online event featured talks on climate change from Kenyan Fairtrade tea producer Patrick Kaberia Muthaura and Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, Michael Gidney.

I am delighted to show my support for Fairtrade Fortnight this year, and to back Fairtrade’s call for action to protect rural communities on the front line of the climate crisis worldwide. Climate change is the biggest threat facing farmers today: droughts, floods, storms and other disasters are threatening their livelihoods and their food crops, which many of us here in the UK depend on.

Buying Fairtrade products is one simple way we can all help to ensure these farmers have the funds they need to tackle the changing climate and protect their crops from weather-related disasters. That’s why it is wonderful to see so many people committing to using Fairtrade products and to supporting Fairtrade as a key solution for making trade fairer for farmers and workers in lower-income countries.

- For more details about Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 visit

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