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.

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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Fairtrade event launched by MP

Published: 17:27 Tuesday 27 February 2018 Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited St Mary’s CE School in Pulborough on Friday (23 February) to launch Fairtrade Fortnight. Mr Herbert was given a tour of the school by two of the pupils, Josh, a member of the school’s eco-council, and Georgina who attends the school’s eco-club each week. St Mary’s school has been given official Fairtrade status, and the village of Pulborough has been a ‘Fairtrade Town’ since 2007.…

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Primary school leads the way to champion Fairtrade Fortnight

As Fairtrade Fortnight got under way on Monday, one school is leading the way to champion the cause. Morningside Primary, which has been honoured in the past as one of the UK’s leading school supporters of Fairtrade, has a two-week programme on the go to highlight the benefits of buying Fairtrade goods. The Morningside Fairtrade Steering Group, led by Margaret Gordon, is visiting local shops and businesses to put up posters and raise awareness. At a special assembly on March…

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WIN: One of 10 Co-Op Fairtrade Food Hampers for Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight, that takes place from February 26 to March 11, celebrates the Fairtrade movement which supports the farmers who grow the food we eat, promoting a living wage and fair trade. Come On In to Fairtrade | Fairtade Fortnight The Co-op has pioneered Fairtrade, from chocolate to bananas, to offer products which make a difference to the lives of people in communities around the world. Choosing Fairtrade gives farmers and workers fair pay, and helps build classrooms, medical facilities…

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Bewley’s to sell only Fairtrade coffee and launches compostable pods

Sales of Fairtrade products in Ireland grew by 25 per cent in 2017, with consumer spending on the goods, which are sourced from producers who work in partnership with workers, rising from €273 million to €342 million. Fairtrade Fortnight, an awareness raising initiative, was launched on Monday morning at a business briefing in Dublin attended by 30 chief executives from across the global Fairtrade network. It runs from February 26th to March 11th. Coffee was the biggest Fairtrade growth area…

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Increase in Irish Fairtrade spending up 25% to €342m

The launch of Fairtrade Fortnight saw the announcement of strong growth in Fairtrade spending by Irish consumers. Sales of Fairtrade products in Ireland saw an increase of 25% from €273 million in 2016 to €342 million in 2017. The biggest growth area was coffee with an increase of 42% in sales volume and 48% in value. Ireland’s largest indigenous coffee roaster Bewley’s went 100% Fairtrade and saw an increase of 90% in volume and 100% in value terms. Insomnia’s volume…

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2018: From cacao and hazelnut tarts to raspberry lucuma possets

Cacao and hazelnut tart with coconut flour crust Prep: 40-45 minsCook: 25 mins plus refrigeration Serves 8-10 Allergy Info: gluten free, wheat free, lactose free, dairy free, vegetarian For the coconut flour pie crust 120ml coconut oil, melted2 eggsA pinch of Himalayan salt2-3 tbsp honey110g coconut flour For the cacao and hazelnut filling 100g hazelnuts1 tbsp coconut oil4 dates120ml almond milk  ​40g cacao powder120g creamed coconut510ml water Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.  For the crust Add the coconut oil, eggs, Lucy Bee Himalayan…

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