EVENTS are taking place across the region to mark Fair Trade Fortnight 2021, which kicked-off this week and runs until Sunday, March 7.
Shoppers are being urged to do their bit and buy ethically-sourced produce when in the supermarket, in local stores and online.
This weekend a non-contact bake sale is being held by Dunscore Fairtrade at the Veggie Cabin at Dunscore Fuels.
And next Saturday at 11 am, Dumfries Fair Trade group is hosting a virtual coffee morning and quiz, with more information on how to join available at www.dumfriesfairtrade.org.uk.
South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth, who is chairman of the Dumfries and Galloway Regional Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “As global supply chains are disrupted, and markets continue to disappear with the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the commitment to buying Fair Trade has never been more important.
“That is why this Fairtrade Fortnight I am urging everyone to make the switch to Fair Trade if they can.
“I am aware that many individuals and organisations are struggling during this terrible time and choosing Fair Trade might not seem like a priority.
“However, by choosing even a couple of Fair Trade products during the weekly grocery shop, you will be making a big difference to the lives of Fair Trade producers across the world.
“While a lot of our fantastic Fair Trade shops remain closed right now, many suppliers are still selling online and I would urge people to choose to support them where possible.
“The basic principles of Fair Trade—better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries and across the world—have never been more important than they are now.”