COMMUNITY-minded young Wiganers have been going the extra mile to encourage shoppers to help poor farmers get a fair deal for their crops.
Members of Ashton Youth Action have put on a variety of awareness-raising events for Fairtrade Fortnight, throwing the spotlight on the plight of farmers in developing countries who struggle to make ends meet due to receiving low prices for their food.
Supported by youth workers from Wigan Council’s Voice and Engagement Service, the Youth Action group members have taken the cause to their hearts, organising a cake and biscuit sale at Ashton Salvation Army’s Chapel Street HQ. They also created an exhibition telling the Fairtrade story and showing off some of the common products and raw ingredients that people can choose to support the farmers and growers.
Youth worker Clare Brown said: “The young people have decided to support this event each year. They feel really passionately about helping people in other countries who are suffering because they cannot make enough money to provide for their families. The group has researched the subject and they have taken action to help by collecting money for the Fairtrade Foundation and by raising awareness of the issue locally.”
This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight is themed around the banana, one of the world’s most popular fruits but also one which it is hard for farmers to grow commercially. With just five companies dominating worldwide production, price wars on supermarket shelves have halved the price of bananas at the same time as production costs have doubled.