Fairtrade

Fair Trade

Welcome to our Fair Trade Blog Section.

The Fairtrade Foundation was set up to help producers in poorer countries get a fair price for their work. So when you buy something with a Fairtrade logo on it, you know that a fair amount of the money is going towards helping the community where it came from. This extra money is usually put into things that can help the local community – like bicycles to help workers travel to work or new wells to provide water.

Fairtrade is a simple yet incredibly important idea – it’s all about giving the people who produce the things you buy a fair price for their work.This may seem obvious, but lots of people in poorer countries have to sell their goods at prices so low that they can’t make a decent living.

Often, only a tiny bit of the money you pay for something goes to the person who actually made it! This happens a lot when we import things from poorer countries. Did you know that nearly half the people in the world live on less that £2 a day?

There are many everyday foods and products that you can buy with Fairtrade. All are easily identifiable with a special Fairtrade sticker..

Below is the latest news and information blogs about Fair Trade.

Orkney MSP marks Fairtrade Fortnight in Holyrood

Orkney MSP marks Fairtrade Fortnight in Holyrood Orkney MSP Liam McArthur with Mzuzu coffee planters in Holyrood. Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has marked Fairtrade Fortnight in Holyrood this week by meeting with coffee farmers from Malawi to discuss the importance of fairtrade, including the work of Orkney Fair Trade Group. Fairtrade Fortnight, which began on 26 Feb and runs until tomorrow, Sunday, is an annual promotional campaign organised and funded by the…

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Volunteers brewing their bit for Fairtrade fortnight

Despite the snow threatening their efforts, those who support Fairtrade Fortnight wrapped up warm and carried on anyway. Throughout last week, members of the Stamford Fairtrade Town Group served Fairtrade teas and coffees to surprised but grateful early-morning commuters at Stamford Railway Station. Despite snow and freezing cold temperatures, more than 250 hot drinks were given to grateful people, as well as flapjacks and other snacks. Donations by commuters raised £131.33. Change Agents UK also raised £61.10 for Fairtrade at…

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Town celebrates Fairtrade Fortnight – Bexhill Observer

Bexhill marked Fairtrade Fortnight with a series of events across the town. Mahyana Sari, a Fairtrade coffee producer secretary, visited Bexhill and hoisted the new Fairtrade flag over the Town Hall. Among those present was Bexhill’s deputy mayor, Councillor Abul Azad, and Councillor Joy Hughes, who was mayor in 2006 when Rother District Council passed the Resolution supporting Fairtrade principles of justice and fairness, and made it policy to use only Fairtrade tea and coffee in refreshments in the council.…

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Town Hall flies Fairtrade flag – Eastbourne Herald

Eastbourne Town Hall is flying the flag to mark Fairtrade Fortnight. Matt Wilkinson, chairman of Fairtrade Eastbourne, said: “We are very grateful to Eastbourne Borough Council for agreeing to do this and for their support for Fairtrade, not only in flying the Fairtrade flag but also across the town in their cafés and kiosks. “Fairtrade Eastbourne have also published a new Fairtrade Guide to Eastbourne, pinpointing on a colourful map every outlet offering Fairtrade in the town. “These maps will…

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Tim Aldred: Fairtrade – how to start a revolution in your coffee break

WHEN you buy your morning coffee, do you ever stop and think about where that coffee came from, or the people who grew it? Or that banana you grab for an afternoon snack? As you bite into it, do you consider whether the farmer who produced it got a fair deal for his or her labours? Fairtrade recently commissioned 
some market research which showed
that in Yorkshire and Humber nearly a third (31 per cent cent) of people never think about…

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Church Fairtrade event hailed a success

Published: 09:30 Sunday 04 March 2018 Pocklington Fairtrade and Local Produce Action Group (FLAG) held a successful event at Pocklington All Saints church. The event raised £85 with £25 of the final total donated to the church. The rest will go towards a £150 investment in ‘Shared Interest’, an ethical investment co-operative which aims to alleviate poverty by enabling people in disadvantaged communities to trade and earn a living. A FLAG spokeswoman said: “We would like to thank everyone…

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Minister and church community go bananas to highlight Fairtrade Fortnight

Published: 12:11 Monday 05 March 2018 Intrepid clergyman the Rev Kevin Price of Wellspring Church, hit the snowy streets of Wirksworth on Saturday dressed as a giant banana to highlight Fairtrade Fortnight. Kevin and other people from the church were out and about in town to give away bananas and a leaflet explaining the importance of Fairtrade for fruit growers and producers. Launching the event at Wellspring, Kevin said that while one in every three bananas now bought in…

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Fairtrade Fortnight celebration planned – The News

Published: 05:55 Saturday 03 March 2018 Broadband revolution is ‘vital’ says MP PLANS have been revealed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fairtrade Fortnight in Gosport. A reception in the town hall by the Mayor of Gosport, Cllr Linda Batty, will be taking place on March 6 from 5pm-6.30pm. Schools, churches and voluntary organisations will be…

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Honduran coffee farmer to speak at Fairtrade Big Breakfast in Carndonagh

A Honduran coffee maker, who works on spreading the importance of Fairtrade and the benefits of being certified, will be a special guest speaker at Fairtrade Big Breakfast being held in the Colgan Hall, Carndonagh on Friday next 9 March. Roberto Artura Lopez, COAGRICSAL Cooperative, Honduras, will be one of a number of guest speakers at the event, the others being Fiona Saluk, Business and Project Coordinator, Fairtrade Ireland and Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue, Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food…

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‘Meet the Fairtrade Producer’ – Mid Ulster Mail

Forty pupils and ten teachers from ten local Primary and Post-Primary Schools in Mid Ulster attended a schools event this week to mark Fairtrade Fortnight which takes place until March 11. The event, organised by Mid Ulster District Council, took place at Hill of The O’Neill, Dungannon and the theme was ‘Meet the Producer’. Pictured with the Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton; John Joseph, Fairtrade farmer and producer in India; and Kevin McCullough, Head of Campaigns…

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Fairtrade events across the area

The Kirklees Fairtrade network is supporting the nationwide ‘Come On In’ campaign. The campaign explores how businesses, farmers, workers and shoppers come together through Fairtrade. CAMPAIGN: Fairtrade Fortnight coffee will be served at local events. Fairtrade Fortnight is currently taking place and runs until Sunday 11 March. Here are some of the Fairtrade events taking place in Batley and Spen area: Thursday 1 March: Birstall Methodist Church – community coffee morning at 9.30am, All Saints Church Roberttown – coffee morning…

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Accreditation as Fairtrade island achieved again

Its president, Emilie Yerby, told members that the island had held this for 12 years, which meant that as well as promoting Fairtrade products across the community it was active in increasing support for it locally. She said that the initiative relied on basic economic principles – the supply of decent, ethically-produced goods relies on there being a demand for it. ‘And there is. We know that in the UK, for example, at least one in three bananas sold is…

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Fairtrade sign banned at Queensferry border over row

A ROW over a request for a new sign proclaiming South Queensferry as a Fairtrade Royal Burgh has led to a nationwide government review of policy on road signs. Campaigners want to recognise the town’s Fairtrade status – granted by the Fairtrade Foundation in 2008 – with an addition to the existing signs telling motorists they are entering South Queensferry. Transport Scotland rules ban the move because it would not be regarded as a “traffic sign”. But after the issue…

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Grantham supermarket marks Fairtrade Fortnight with coffee morning

Published: 16:29 Wednesday 28 February 2018 Staff from The Co-op on Dysart Road attended a coffee morning with a selection of Fairtrade products to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2018. Team leader Natalia Ciukaj and customer team member Jess Smith went along to the coffee morning at Thames Road Community Centre, Goodcliffe Road, this morning, with a variety of Fairtrade products. They took along Fairtrade tea, coffee, milk, chocolate and biscuits. Fairtrade Fortnight runs from February 26 to March 11 this…

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