Archive for March, 2013

Peruvian Kids

Peruvian Kids are specialists in unique items of ethically produced children’s toys and clothing which are all hand crafted by artisans in Peru.  Their colourful children’s cardigans, called arpillera jackets are based on the traditional South American art of tapestry making.  They are all hand finished in Peru by local artisans, so no two garments are the same.Ft Festival 13 1

Visit the online shop

or visit them at York’s Newgate Market – every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Posted on March 17th, 2013 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

York Scarves

Based in the heart of Yorkshire, York Scarves is a fair trade wholesaler with close links to their producers.
Sheela and Chris of York scarves

Sheela and Chris of York scarves

From small beginnings in 2007, York Scarves has grown into a thriving BAFTS registered fair trade UK enterprise which specialises in the weaving and supply of wholesale scarves, pashminas and shawls from India and Thailand. York Scarves is now one of the UK’s premier wholesale scarf suppliers.
York Scarves spends time each year in India with their weavers working on designs for the coming season and through their hands-on style of business they know their scarves are fair trade in the true sense of the word.
York Scarves welcomes all retailers to check out their website.

Posted on March 17th, 2013 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Make Food Fair

The Fairtrade Foundation has launched the Make Food Fair campaign.  This is part of the national Enough Food IF campaign.

Hugh Bayley MP for York Central backs the Make Food Fair campaign

Hugh Bayley MP for York Central backs the Make Food Fair campaign

The Make Food Fair campaign concentrates on supporting small scale farmers.  Despite producing 70% of the world’s food, over half of the world’s hungry people are smallholder farmers, who struggle to earn a decent livelihood from their crops.

The aims of the campaign:

  1. Farmers first – give farmers a voice so they have a say in shaping their own future
  2. Fair share of value – make international supply chains work better for smallholder farmers so they receive fair prices
  3. Fair access to finance – increase access to timely and affordable credit making it easier for smallholder farmers to invest in their own future
  4. Future-proof farming – invest in sustainable farming practices and help smallholder farmers adapt to climate change
  5. Focus in government funding – meet internationally agreed targets for government spending and aid for agriculture, and ensure this reaches smallholders, especially women.

Join the campaign to Make Food Fair

Posted on March 17th, 2013 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Yorkshire’s newest Fairtrade Town campaign

Fairtrade Keighley is the latest Fairtrade Town campaign in the Region.  The Chair of the campaign, Richard Dillon, stated that he was inspired by Yorkshire’s successful campaign to be the UK’s first Fairtrade Region.  He is now pulling out all the stops to make sure that Keighley joins the growing ranks of Yorkshire Fairtrade Towns.

Richard Dillon (with bottle of Zaytoun olive oil) with olive farmers and Keighley dignitaries

Richard Dillon (with bottle of Zaytoun olive oil) with olive farmers and Keighley dignitaries

Richard plans for the campaign to work closely with the town’s retailers and help promote Keighley town centre as a shopping destination.  Fairtrade Keighley has received strong support from the Cooperative in the area.

Fairtrade Fortnight was a great success in Keighley with the highlight being a breakfast meeting with a talk from Fairtrade olive farmers, Manal and Odeh from Palestine cooperative, Zaytoun.

There was also a screening of the Fairtrade movie, Black Gold, which gives a fascinating insight into the coffee trade.  This took place in Central Hall with the assistance of Keighley Film Club.

A packed Central Hall for the olive growers' talk.

A packed Central Hall for the olive growers’ talk.

Email us if you would like more information on the exciting Fairtrade Keighley campaign.

 

Posted on March 17th, 2013 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Cooper calls at Cas Coop

The Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper MP called into the Cooperative store in Castleford to meet with Cynthia Dickinson from Fairtrade Wakefield.

Cynthia Dickinson presents Fairtrade rice to Yvette Cooper.

Cynthia Dickinson presents Fairtrade rice to Yvette Cooper.

Cynthia talked to Yvette about this year’s Fairtrade theme – go further for Fairtrade

Yvette was presented with a bag of delicious Fairtrade rice which she said she would look forward to eating with her husband, the Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls.

Posted on March 17th, 2013 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Olive farmers tour Yorkshire

This Fairtrade Fortnight, Zaytoun Olive farmers, Manal Abdallah and Abu Rafat (AKA. Odeh), toured Yorkshire to talk about how Fairtrade has made a difference to their livelihoods.

Richard of Fairtrade Keighley, Manal and Odeh.

Richard of Fairtrade Keighley, Manal and Odeh.

They brought with them some stunning images of 2,000-year-old olive trees and farming life in Palestine.

Fairtrade has made a huge difference to them – all exports from Palestine have to go through checks and transfers imposed by Israel, which rendered it extremely difficult to export until the Fairtrade movement stepped in to help trade to take place.

Now they can not only export olives and olive oil, but couscous, sun-dried tomatoes and other foodstuffs.

These are often produced by the women of a family, which improves their standing and also brings in a second source of income.

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Posted on March 17th, 2013 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

University of Leeds celebrates Fairtrade Fortnight

The University of Leeds marked Fairtrade Fortnight with a special day of celebrations which included a Fairtrade and Craft Fair in the Parkinson Building.

Manal and Odeh, Zaytoun olive farmers from Palestine, visited the Fair and gave  a presentation.

Manal, Hilary (who sells Zaytoun products in the UK) and Odeh at the University of Leeds Fair.

Manal, Hilary (who sells Zaytoun products in the UK) and Odeh at the University of Leeds Fair.

The University of Leeds is proud of its Fairtrade University status.  Conferences and catering manager, Bev Kenny, goes out of her way to ensure that the university supplies Fairtrade products to its students, staff and visitors.

The university is an excellent example of a community coming together, to do what it can, to ensure that producers in poor countries get a fair deal.  So much so, that the University of Leeds was chosen by Fairtrade Yorkshire as our regional flagship employer.

 

Posted on March 17th, 2013 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

York musicians serenade shoppers

York shoppers were treated to the soulful sounds of Access To Music students at the City’s annual Fair Trade Market on Friday 8th March.Ft Festival 13 3

The varied programme put together by the students sent shoppers feet tapping and a few hips swaying.

Margot Brown of Fairtrade York commented that the set was a great asset to the Market and raised many smiles on a day of cold, grey weather.  The students were true professionals and the show went on throughout the rain.

Find out more about Access to Music.  They have courses for those who want to work in the music industry, at several sites across the UK.

Posted on March 17th, 2013 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Fairtrade Malton and Norton goes from strength to strength

Twin Fairtrade towns Malton and Norton have enjoyed a successful Fairtrade Fortnight.  Alison Hardwick and her hardworking team of stalwarts have been joined by Guardian blogger, Janice Gwilliam.  Together they helped organise a Fair Trade craft fair at the Friends Meeting House in Greengate.  A wide range of Fairtrade crafts were on sale alongside crafts produced by local artists and craftsfolk.

Janice Gwilliam of Fairtrade Malton and Norton with Fairtrade Yorkshire's Mark Dawson.

Janice Gwilliam of Fairtrade Malton and Norton with Fairtrade Yorkshire’s Mark Dawson.

Mark Dawson, Coordinator of Fairtrade Yorkshire commented; “I am delighted that Fairtrade Malton and Norton are doing so well.  I was born in a village close to Malton, so I am always keen to hear about what is taking place in the area to help Fairtrade producers across the globe.”

Posted on March 17th, 2013 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Harrogate celebrates

The snowy weather didn’t stop members of the Harrogate Borough, and Ripon Fairtrade Groups celebrating the successful achievement of Yorkshire becoming the first Fairtrade Region in the UK.  In fact the deep layer of snow was most helpful in chilling the Fairtrade champagne with which the group toasted the success of the campaign!

The group chose to raise their glasses outside Harrogate Pump Room as one of Yorkshire’s iconic landmarks.

Harrogate

Carmen Sawers, Chair of Harrogate Borough Fairtrade Group, said “We are delighted to celebrate this achievement.  Harrogate has been known for the health-giving qualities of its spa water for nearly two centuries, despite the interesting taste!  The Fairtrade champagne leaves a better taste in your mouth, not just the obvious one but because of the life-changing result brought to the producers by receiving the benefits of a Fairtrade price.  Fairtrade products definitely include a health-giving quality.”

The official declaration on 18th January this year marked the culmination of three years’ work by campaigners and traders across Yorkshire, and recognised the enormous support for Fairtrade across the region. The campaign received the support of Yorkshire bishops, sportsmen and sportswomen, schools, universities, faith groups, MEPs, Councils and artists including Ian McMillan, the Bard of Barnsley. Support came from MPs including George Galloway, Hilary Benn, Rachel Reeves and Greg Mulholland, who tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament supporting the campaign. This has so far received the signatures of 27 MPs including the York-born David Davis.

The group included Harrogate & Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, who said: “Becoming the first certified Fairtrade Region is a fantastic achievement. Everyone who’s bought, sold or supported Fairtrade anywhere in Yorkshire has contributed to this – the support really has been amazing, from Harrogate to Hull, Ripon to Rotherham.  It just shows how caring Yorkshire folk are.”

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The success of Fairtrade products has been a phenomenon, defying the downturn and growing to sales worth £1.32bn across the UK in 2011. By providing a guaranteed minimum price for products, Fairtrade provides dignity and security to producers and helps communities lift themselves out of poverty all over the developing world. Over 4,500 products are now bear the Fairtrade Mark, which is certified by an international network of foundations.

 

Posted on March 17th, 2013 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News