Fairtrade Ireland Blog

What strong EU regulations for cocoa could mean for farmers, and why Fairtrade supports it

By Jon Walker, Senior Cocoa Advisor at Fairtrade International Fairtrade International has co-signed a joint position paper calling for the European Union to implement a regulatory approach to sustainable cocoa, along with Barry Callebaut, Mars, Mondelez, Rainforest Alliance and the VOICE Network. The paper calls for the EU to enact legislation that requires all companies …Read More

Partnerships and the UN SDG’s

It’s bananas how – together – retailers, consumers and Fairtrade producers are contributing toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.    By Ciara Holland, Business Development Manager, Fairtrade Ireland For decades Fairtrade has helped get fairer deals for farmers and workers in developing countries, and we are a committed driver of the Sustainable  Development Goals (SDGs). …Read More

Zero hunger starts with paying farmers a fair price

by Darío Soto Abril, CEO, Fairtrade International Coffee and chocolate. Many of us struggle to get through a day without one – or both – of our favourite luxuries. Yet, for the millions of small-scale farmers around the world who grow the cocoa and coffee beans we love, the price of an espresso or chocolate …Read More

Patrick Bewley – Ireland’s original coffee gentleman!

International Coffee Day Last Friday many of the Irish and international coffee community gathered in Dublin to celebrate the Irish man most associated with coffee – Patrick Bewley – who has spent all his working life in the coffee business. The celebration was attended by long term trading partners like Simon Wakefield from the UK, …Read More

Fairtrade, Climate Action and Saoi O’Connor

From being a Fairtrade banana at age three, to being the first Fridays For Future striker in Ireland aged 16! By Lucy Geraty, Project and Support Officer, Fairtrade Ireland Farmers and workers of the Global South are probably the people who have felt the greatest impact of climate change to date from flooding in Asia …Read More

10 ways Fairtrade helps advance the Sustainable Development Goals

by Kelly Hawrylyshyn, Senior Advisor Global Resource Mobilization, Fairtrade International The world gathers in New York this week for the UN General Assembly to review progress towards global sustainability targets. Here are ten ways Fairtrade The Fairtrade Minimum Price is a safety net for 1.6 million farmers and workers in more than 75 countries, protecting …Read More


For the first time ever, Fairtrade Ireland is teaming up with Electric Picnic for the “Fairest Trader Award” to encourage even more of the amazing food vendors and restaurants at the festival to stock Fairtrade compliant products. Fairtrade Ireland has been working with Electric Picnic and other festivals for years to help them become more …Read More

Our top picks for Easter

With Easter just around the corner and Spring in the air it’s time for all you chocoholics to get buying your favourite Easter treats, by choosing Fairtrade chocolate this Easter you can help support farmers and workers around the world by sharing that hope and love a little bit further. Here are our top picks …Read More

We love coffee. Are we willing to pay the price?

“One key factor that is harming the future of coffee is well within the reach of every coffee drinker – price.” 05 June 2019 By Peter Kettler, Senior Coffee Manager at Fairtrade International How much is coffee worth to you? All signs point to major disruptions in the flow of coffee over the next few …Read More

Fairtrade Workplace Spotlight: Rediscovery Centre

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the work you’re doing, what is the Rediscovery Centre all about? The Rediscovery Centre is a creative space connecting people, ideas and resources for sustainable living. As the National Centre for the Circular Economy, we bring together the skills and expertise of artists, scientists, designers and craftspeople united in …Read More