Social Responsibility and Sustainability

24 February: Fairtrade Fortnight - the impacts of climate on local and global communities

Event Description

The facts are straightforward - farmers and workers in the Global South, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected. Shifting the dialogue by placing these individuals at the centre of the climate conversation is essential. Progressing the development of climate resilient trade economies where human rights and environmental sustainability intersect must start by listening to those most at risk.

This event will bring together individuals across the Fairtrade system – we will be joined by a Fairtrade producer, and a local Fairtrade business to speak about what Fairtrade means to them, and how the individual can drive long-term change. The Department of Social Responsibility and Sustainability will be raffling off vouchers for Fairtrade products sourced from a local business.

This event is open to all University of Edinburgh students and staff. We also welcome interested members of the community and friends of the University.


Connect With Us

Something you want to know more about? Post your questions on social media using this hashtag #FairtradeFortnightUoE and tag us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. This event will be recorded and shared on social media afterward.



Contributor(s) from the Kasinthula Cane Growers Association

Kasinthula Cane Growers Association was set up in 1996 as part of a joint venture with the Malawi government and a nearby sugar mill, now operated by Illovo Sugar. An area of largely unproductive land was converted to sugar cane production to increase the supply of raw cane to the mill while providing an income for 282 subsistence farmers. The initiative now also provides employment for nearly 800 permanent and seasonal field workers. We will be hearing from two farmers from the Association at this event. 


Rachel Farey, One World Shop

Rachel Farey is the Business Manager of One World Shop. The One World Shop played a leading role in helping both Edinburgh and Glasgow become Fairtrade Cities in 2004 and 2006 respectively and in 2008, we received the Edinburgh Fairtrade City Long Standing Achievement Award. Rachel is also an award winner and won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Scottish Fair Trade Forum Awards in 2015.


Event Moderator: Julian Mashingaidze

Julian Mashingaidze (Zimbabwe) is a Mastercard foundation scholar at the University of Edinburgh, who is currently pursuing a BSc in Global Agriculture and Food Security. His main passions are the policies around sustainable food production and climate change. Currently to date he has a couple of papers written in partnership with the Global Academy in Edinburgh on agricultural industry in sub-Saharan Africa and the food insecurity crisis. Julian is also currently the president of the Food Security and Sustainability Society based in Edinburgh.  At the present moment he is seeking a career that can be a launching platform for him into policy.

Enter our social media giveaway (£25 or £50 voucher)

Take part in our Fairtrade Fortnight social media challenge for the chance at winning a £25 or £50 gift card for Edinburgh’s pioneering fair trade organisation, One World Shop.

All you have to do to enter the competition is to share a photo that shows how you are driving change by engaging with Fairtrade. Whether it is enjoying a Fairtrade cuppa or making your pancakes on pancake day with Fairtrade chocolate, we want to know about it!

Hashtag #GreenInCovid19 and tag us for your chance at the prize. The deadline to enter is 12 noon 24 February; winners will be announced at our Fairtrade Fortnight event. Entrants of the social media competition need to attend the event to find out if they have won.

Feb 24 2021 -

24 February: Fairtrade Fortnight - the impacts of climate on local and global communities

This event will examine how the Fairtrade system is addressing the challenges that climate change brings to workers in the Global South.

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