In fairness, choose Fairtrade this Fairtrade Fortnight 2024

 When you buy products with any of the FAIRTRADE Marks, you support farmers and workers as they improve their lives and their communities. Fairtrade Fortnight will be celebrated around Ireland from 4 – 17 March. ChangeMakers Donegal is working with committee members across the County to line up a programme of informative events to celebrate existing Fairtrade towns and help places applying for Fairtrade Town status to increase the number of products available for purchase as that’s an important element of the campaign.

Inishowen Development Partnership will host a guest from the Coffee coop COOMAP in Brazil, Rafael Fonseca, visiting Ireland during Fairtrade Fortnight 2024. He will travel to Inishowen to meet community members in Moville, Buncrana and Clonmany to share the news


You are more than welcome to attend these events:

Wednesday 6 March 2024 at Colgan Hall, at the invitation of our wonderful Inishowen Development Partnership colleagues, we will present a Fairtrade stall alongside Mary Kay from Derry who we have invited to present a stall of Palestinian Fairtrade goods from the Zaytoun website. Another small way to show solidarity in the face the atrocious genocide taking place in the world today?

Thursday 7 March 2024 at 11am: Fairtrade Coffee Morning at St Eugene’s Hall, Moville at the Moville Cafe Hub.

Thursday 7 March 2024 at 1pm: Fairtrade Ireland Ambassador from COOMAP in Brazil, Rafael Fonseca,  will meet with local students from Crana College, Buncrana who will be surveying local shoppers on the day. 

Thursday 7 March 2024 at 3pm: Join Patsy Toland of ChangeMakers Donegal & Rafael Fonseca for a community conversation about fair trade to support Clonmany/Ballyliffin’s bid to become recognised as a Fairtrade zone.

Thursday 14 March 2024 at 11am: Join the Intercultural Cafe at the Exchange Inishowen for a relaxed morning of chats and Fairtrade goodies sponsored by SuperValu Buncrana. Find out how you can help our bid to become a Fairtrade town in Buncrana.

Did you know? More than 37,000 products Fairtrade products were sold in 143 different countries available to shoppers worldwide. Let’s see what other products we can ask local supermarkets, shops and cafes to stock in Donegal.

Purchasing FAIRTRADE COFFEE is a tangible way to support the campaign as we  need to support the coffee farmers and the coffee companies buying on Fairtrade terms.

As well as the well-known Fairtrade products such as tea, coffee, bananas, we are encouraging local people to buy:

FAIRTRADE ROSES Fairtrade roses from Kenya have a smaller environmental footprint when compared to roses produced in Holland, even when factoring in transport to Europe, according to a recently released report.

With the release of the movie Wonka just behind us, we are also supporting inspirational Irish Fairtrade businesses such as  Exploding Tree Chocolate and the fabulous Tony Chocolonely CHOCOLATE company.

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday 10 March 2024; how about some Fairtrade Mother’s Day gifts from your local Aldi, Lidl or SuperValu. Food for thought!

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