Have a fair Valentine's Day!
Today is Valentine's Day and chocolate is a popular gift during this festival. Yet few of us consider that our chocolate gifts may come from an unfair trade.
Many cocoa farmers in developing countries earn only a tiny portion of the final selling price of chocolate. They sell cocoa beans at very low prices because they lack proper market information.
The Hong Kong chapter of the international group Oxfam is working to promote the rights of these exploited farmers. In their 'Be My Fair Valentine' project, Oxfam sells gift boxes with bars of Fair Trade chocolate. The idea is to promote fair trade practices in the developing world.
I fully support Oxfam's initiative. We need to improve the rights and livelihoods of poor farmers and workers all around the world.
So please buy 'Be My Fair Valentine' gifts today to support Oxfam's project.
Candy Hong, Leung Shek Chee College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Candy. Valentine's Day is a hugely popular day. People around the world spend millions of dollars on flowers, cards and chocolates.
Giving someone presents to show you care is a lovely thing - especially if you can benefit someone in need while you do it. The Oxfam initiative is a perfect example: you can buy a lovely gift and make a poor farmer's life better. Giving such gifts from the heart will make Valentine's Day even more meaningful.
Karly, Deputy Editor