Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

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Fairtrade Fortnight is from 27 February – 12 March. Businesses, schools, faith organisations, and other local activists will be organising events across the UK and there will be plenty in Portsmouth where we’re all being urged to make our breaks Fairtrade with Fairtrade tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits etc. For further information see here.

With all the uncertainties of climate change compounded by Brexit and Trump, it is all the more important that our solidarity with small scale farmers is not only continued but also strengthened.

FF17_Products_ThumbnailFairtrade Fortnight and your daily coffee
The local Fairtrade group is putting a special emphasis on coffee this year with a visit by Santiago Dolmus from Cecocafen, (Central Association of Northern Coffee Cooperatives) http://www.cecocafen.com.ni/ in Nicaragua
Cecocafen was founded in 1997 and now has 2,400 members organised into twelve community based co-operatives. They have been selling their Fairtrade coffee in the UK through Cafedirect since 2002. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/buying-fairtrade/coffee/cafe-direct
Nicaraguan farmers are already suffering severely from the consequences of climate change: erratic, unpredictable weather patterns with more frequent drought, floods, and hurricanes.
As in other areas around the world, coffee is no longer viable at lower altitudes due to climate change so many farmers are converting to cocoa production.
During his talk at Portsmouth University, Santiago will highlight the importance of Fairtrade and give examples of programmes to counter the impact of climate change. It’s at 7 p.m. on Monday 6th March in the Eldon Building

Check out the Eventbrite link



Events in the area




Coffee, Climate and Fairtrade

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A talk by Santiago Dolmus, a coffee farmer from Nicaragua

Monday 6th March 7 pm The Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth

Free entry, Stalls, refreshments


Santiago will also visit St Edmund’s School and Wild Thyme Wholefoods in Southsea that day,





HoneyFairtrade breakfast

St Thomas Cathedral Sun 5th March 8.45 to 10.15 and 11.45 to 12.30





Banana suitsStall in Commercial Road

Meet local campaigners and enjoy a free banana donated by Fyffes. By the Espresso coffee bar Wed 1st March from 11-1


There will also be Fairtrade coffee mornings, pancake days and stalls selling Fairtrade goods in local churches and at St John’s Cathedral


Fairtrade coffee morning at Wild Thyme Wholefood shop in Palmerston Rd on Monday 6th March 10-12 with a visit from Nicaraguan farmer, Santiago Dolmus.


F14 2017 secondary imageFairtrade tea party for International Women’s Day WEDS. 8 March 12.00 to 2.30pm at the Deaf Centre, 279 Arundel Street, PortsmouthPO1 1LX    ALL welcome. Fairtrade tea, coffee and snacks. No Charge. Children Welcome. For further details please contact 01243 378560 or email p.ivy@tiscali.co.uk




DSCF2169   Bananas in the Meridian Centre

Group members will be handing out Fairtrade bananas to shoppers in the Meridian Centre, Havant on Tuesday 28th      February from 9:30am to 11:30am.



There’ll be a Fairtrade coffee morning at Havant URC, Elm Lane on 28th from 10-12.

On Saturday 4 March there’ll be a Fairtrade stall at a Coffee Morning at St Faith’s Church, Havant from 10-12


TeapotThe Fairtrade group in Emsworth is holding a Big Brew Tea Party – Sat. 4 March 2.30-4.00pm in the Parish Hall, Church Path, Emsworth. Afternoon tea, with Cake Stall, Traidcraft Stall, Raffle. No entry charge. All welcome. Details – 01243 378560


There’s also a coffee morning at Havant URC, Elm Lane, Havant on Tuesday 7 March 0am – 12 noon with the Mayor Cllr. Faith Ponsonby and Nicaraguan coffee farmer Santiago Dolmus plus aTraidcraft stall.


untitled We’re having a Fairtrade themed Games Evening on Tuesday 7th March with Curry Supper Havant URC (as above) 7pm. Tickets £5 from    Sue 02392 250267, Maureen 01243 377411 or the church



Coffee morning Friday 10 March 10:30am – 1pm, St Michaels, Leigh Park with opportunity to buy Fairtrade productsCoffee purple.








“Take a Fairtrade Break” – at the Discovery Centre on 4 March  10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Join us for a well deserved break and find out how you can put FAIRTRADE into YOUR break and so give all those hard working Fairtrade producers a break too.

There will be plenty to do and taste for all the family: from dancing -Break dancing of course ( at 11 a.m.)-  to playing a game of Breaks and Ladders – no snakes but beware of the banana skins! Some Fairtrade products to buy,  prizes to be won and a raffle.

Rachel Nassif will talk (12.30 – 1)  about Fairtrade in Palestine; Palestinian products will be available to buy.

The Bookworm Cafe will be serving Fairtrade coffee throughout the Fortnight.

Free entry to the event.