Fairtrade Ireland Blog

Our top picks for Easter

Even in these extraordinarily difficult times, it will still be Easter in a couple of weeks.  By choosing Fairtrade chocolate this Easter you can help support farmers and workers around the world by sharing some hope and love a little bit further. Here are our top picks to buy this Easter. There is something here …Read More

Government’s Basket Needs More Fairtrade!

Government’s Basket Needs More Fairtrade! Irish General Election 2020 – Briefing Note: Fairtrade Ireland Issues, Opportunities and Responsibilities: Irish Government support needed for fairer trade, sustainable development, climate mitigation and a just transition for marginalised producers. 24th January 2020 Introduction: In the same way as for Irish citizens and companies, the Irish Government has responsibilities …Read More

Public Consultation on the Proposed Introduction of New Environmental Levies

‘Coffee Cup’ levy proposal at 0.15 cent per cup The proposed ‘coffee cup’ levy is really a levy on single-use disposable cups and is being proposed both as a disincentive for consumers to pay extra for the cup and as a means of generating income to be used by the Environment Fund to build re-cycling …Read More

A Fair Guide to Christmas

By Lucy Geraty Exploding Tree Craft Chocolate Selection Box If you’re a supporter of fair and local Exploding Tree’s selection box is the perfect gift for you! Exploding Tree is a small Irish business and Fairtrade licensee based in Clonakilty and all of their products use 100% Fairtrade cocoa and organic coconut sugar and come …Read More

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