Ireland learns the benefits of Fairtrade

FAIRTRADE Fortnight kicked off yesterday with food producers from around the globe heralding benefits of the Fairtrade concept.

While there are now 12 official Fairtrade towns and cities in the country, another 40 are heading that way, as the public continues to increase its support for the designated products.

The man who brought Fairtrade products to Ireland, coffee veteran Patrick Bewley, was yesterday honoured for his contribution over the last 10 years.

The presentation from Fairtrade Mark Ireland was made at the Catex catering exhibition in the RDS in Dublin.

John Daly of Fairtrade Mark Ireland hailed Bewleys for being first in Ireland to seek the Fairtrade mark: “Today, up to 10% of their coffee is Fairtrade certified. That is a very significant proportion compared with the majority of coffee firms throughout the world.”

Waterford One World Centre yesterday hosted Renwick Rose of WINFA, a Caribbean banana farmers’ group. He addresses Tipperary Institute in Thurles tomorrow at 7pm.

In Limerick, the Youth Centre held a special coffee morning yesterday while, in Dublin, Oliva Kishero, a coffee farmer from Uganda, spoke at the Ringsend and Irishtown Youth Service.

Ireland’s Fairtrade towns and cities are: Bantr, Belfast, Clonakilty, Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Kinsale, Limerick, Thurles, Waterford, Wexford and Mullingar.

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