Fairtrade Ireland Blog

New Fairtrade financial support charity launched: Prospero

Fairtrade producers have a major problem with access to capital, and many cooperatives are unable to pay their members for their produce until the cooperatives sell the product. This can take months. The farmers then become vulnerable to middlemen who pay them bad prices but who can offer them cash when they need it. And even if Fairtrade cooperatives …Read More

What connects milk and coffee? The answer may not be as obvious as you think.

Growing up in rural Ireland, one of my vivid childhood memories is of the rows of milk churns by the side of the road. The churns – filled from cows mostly still milked by hand – were left by farmers to be picked up by a truck from the local dairy co-operative. It sounds like …Read More

Change for the better in Dominican banana industry

Sometimes historic occasions, like seeing black people in South Africa queueing for days to vote for the first time, or seeing the Berlin Wall coming down, are when in the words of the poet Seamus Heaney, hope and history rhyme – and the world looks on in a kind of disbelief. These are always occasions …Read More