Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Virtual Fairtrade Fortnight

 It's been a strange year since I last posted, and of course no real life events could be arranged for Fairtrade Fortnight this year.

However, Fairtrade Fortnight is still going ahead virtually from February 22nd to March 7th.  The theme this year is Climate Justice.

Fairtrade Wales are holding a Climate Change Coffee Morning on Saturday February 27th from 11am to noon via Zoom, to talk about climate change and to hear from Jennipher, a coffee farmer in Uganda.  Her coffee is grown on the slopes of Mt Elgon in Uganda and roasted in Wales, and is both organic and Fairtrade.  Tickets are free, and there is also an opportunity to buy some of Jennipher's coffee before the event.

On Thursday March 4th, from 7pm to 8.30pm, there will be a panel discussion organised by Swansea Fair Trade Forum on Climate Justice for a Fairer World.

Tickets and more information are available from the Fairtrade Wales website.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Latest News from Fairtrade Hay

The Fairtrade Foundation have renewed Hay's status as a Fairtrade Town. Quite a bit of work has to go into providing the evidence for this, so the Fairtrade Hay group are rightly delighted.
The Fairtrade Foundation commented: "Your group has demonstrated dedication to ensure Fairtrade becomes part of daily life in Hay-on-Wye. You have managed to engage successfully with a great number of people and with a variety of local organisations."
We're coming to the end of Fairtrade Fortnight now, and the Fairtrade Hay group are speaking twice to the pupils of Hay School, and showing a short film about cocoa farming in West Africa, as well as a display in the school lobby. The theme this year is the campaign to secure a fair wage for farmers, especially women farmers.
Hay Deli is promoting the Fairtrade Palestinian company Zaytoun in its shop window, with a Saturday tasting session. Zaytoun's range includes olive oil, herb mixes, grains, almonds and dates.
The Fairtrade Hay group are also going to do a survey shortly of shops and businesses in Hay to assess how much Fairtrade produce is offered, and to see where they can encourage an increase. I was involved in the very first such survey - it'll be interesting to compare the two.
Fairtrade Hay meets on the first Monday of every month at 6.30pm in the Blue Boar - new members always welcome!

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Fairtrade Christmas Fair at the Hay Winter Festival

While the Food Fair was taking place in the marquee in the town square, and Hay Winter Festival was happening in the marquee at the Cattle Market, the Butter Market was full of Fairtrade stalls for the annual Christmas Fair.

Love Zimbabwe had the stall across the far end, and one lady had come back after about six years away - and said it felt as if she'd never been away. Tools for Self Reliance had a good selection of garden tools on display, and popular items on one of the other stalls seemed to be beeswax wraps - cloth wraps for presents, which are re-usable and an alternative to wrapping paper, and cloth bags for presents, sewn in India. There was also a range of Zaytoun produce including olive oil, and embroidered purses.

There was also a Fairtrade stand in the marquee on Friday evening, for the turning on of the Christmas Lights. The new banner was on display, proclaiming that this is a Fairtrade Town.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

The Fairtrade Logo

The next meeting of the Fairtrade group in Hay is on Wednesday 4th September at 6pm in the Blue Boar.

The Fairtrade logo was first introduced 25 years ago, in October, and to celebrate local communities are being encouraged to hold a 25th birthday party to celebrate Fairtrade's achievements and reinforce the principles the logo represents - fair wages and working conditions for farmers and growers in developing countries.

One of the things that the Fairtrade movement is concerned about at the moment is the undermining of the Fairtrade logo by global companies who have introduced their own labels, which are not independently audited.
Sainsbury's now has a 'fairly traded' mark. Lidl is introducing non-Fairtrade bananas alongside the Fairtrade bananas it sells. Nestle, Cadbury, Starbucks and McDonalds have all introduced their own in-house programmes.

So remember the original, and best, logo to be sure you're supporting Fairtrade:

Monday, 20 May 2019

New Fairtrade Shop in Town

Welcome to Rosa Azul, which has opened on Castle Street, just in time for the Festival.

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight is coming up soon! This year it is from February 25th to March 10th.
In Hay, there will be a stall on the Thursday market on Thursday 28th February, with information about local activities and the global efforts to guarantee a living wage for farmers - this year the focus of the campaign is West Africa, including Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. Between them, these two countries produce 60% of the world's cocoa beans, so a simple way to help them would be to buy more Fairtrade chocolate! Hot chocolate and homemade cupcakes will also be available at the stall.
Hay Co-op uses Fairtrade chocolate in all its own brands, and Fairtrade chocolate is also available at the Hay Deli and other local food shops.
Many women work on cocoa farms, and at present they have fewer rights than men, so the Fairtrade Foundation is working with governments and retailers to improve conditions for women in particular, with the slogan "She Deserves a Living Income".

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Fairtrade Christmas Fair

The Fair is still in full swing in the Buttermarket - I went along this morning just in time to hear the Kinnersley Singers performing:

(They're also looking for new members).

Also there were stalwarts of the Fairtrade Fair Tools for Self Reliance, Jump4Timbuktu selling silver and leather goods (also available at Haymakers throughout the year), Hay2Timbuktu with their toilet (the latest campaign was to raise money for new girls' toilets at the high schools in Timbuktu), and the Hay, Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees, who were providing mince pies and hot drinks, and selling copies of Eugene Fisk's books Only Connect and O Happy Hay! Only Connect is a book of portraits by Eugene of some of the refugees that the Hay, Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees help by organising days out in the countryside.

Also at the Buttermarket is a chap who's come all the way from Stroud, and says that coming to Hay is one of the highlights of his year! He was selling all sorts of gifts - mugs from Swaziland, silk scarves from India, elephant poo paper, and lots more. The shop is called eachday Trading Co., and they have a website at They work with women-led businesses in a variety of developing countries, and the name means "pleasantly surprised" in Amharic.