Fairtrade_Newsletter_2006 by xiangpeng



                    G MEET THE
              FAIRTRADE TOWNS
                G RICE AND WINE
                   G NICARAGUA
                 G DARINA ALLEN
                Irish Fair Trade Network Limited
                Summary of Financial Activities - year ended 31 December 2004

                                                                                                   2004                 2003
              Revenue                                                                                 €                    €
              European Commission                                                                80,986               80,000
              Irish Government/Irish Aid                                                         34,091               15,000
              Irish NGOs and donations                                                           15,935                15,703
              Licence fees                                                                       50,185                37,184

              Total Revenue                                                                     181,197             147,887

              Administrative expenses
              Staff costs and consultancy                                                        70,620               69,345
              Other costs                                                                         32,107              34,754
              Resource production                                                                20,587               22,049
              FLO                                                                                18,098                2,787

              Total administrative expenses                                                   141,412            128,935
                                                                                          __________          __________
              Surplus                                                                         39,785              18,952
                                                                                          __________          __________
              Retained surplus brought
              forward at 1 January                                                            27,787               8,835
                                                                                          __________          __________

              Retained surplus carried forward at 31 December                                 67,572              27,787
                                                                                          __________          __________

        Directors: John Daly, David Joyce, Caoimhe de Barra (resigned in year), Michael Doorly, Morina
        O’Neill, Oisín Coghlan, Alan Shiel, Lino Olivieri (Italian), Colin Roche, Norman Hewson, Michael
        O’Brien (appointed in year).
        Company limited by guarantee. Registered in Dublin, no. 217218. CHY 11264. Registered address:
        Carmichael House, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7.

The views expressed herein are those of Fairtrade Mark Ireland and can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of Irish Aid
           Message from the Chair
                      John Daly

          en years ago this       voluntary Fairtrade Towns        something of which we can all

T         year, in November
          1996, the first two
          tonnes of Fairtrade
          coffee beans were
imported to Ireland. But it
was difficult to find Fairtrade
coffee, even in supermarkets
                                  groups around the country.
                                    These figures mean that, as
                                  part of their everyday
                                  shopping, tens of thousands of
                                  people in Ireland are helping
                                  to make poverty history in the
                                  developing countries that
                                                                   feel proud of.
                                                                     Our thanks to all the
                                                                   companies and the consumers
                                                                   involved. And special thanks to
                                                                   the volunteers who really make
                                                                   this happen.

in larger towns and cities.       produce some of the basic          John Daly
   Last year, 155 tonnes of       goods we eat and drink. That’s     Chairman
Fairtrade coffee beans were
imported. In addition to

                                                    Ten years ago Fairtrade towns were
FAIRTRADE Mark coffee,
you can now get tea, bananas
                                                    unheard of. Now there are eight Fairtrade
and other fruit, chocolate,                         Towns and 35 voluntary Fairtrade Towns
biscuits, snacks, honey,                            groups around the country
muesli, and sugar with the
FAIRTRADE Mark in shops,
cafes, and canteens all around
the country. And this year we
will also be able to buy wine,
rice and cotton products too.
   In December 2004, a
Millward Brown/IMS poll
found that 44 per cent per
cent of Irish adults recognised
the FAIRTRADE Mark, up
from only 16 per cent in 2002.
Sales are growing by about 40
per cent a year
   Ten years ago Fairtrade
Towns were unheard of.
Today there are eight
Fairtrade Towns, and 35

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Fairtrade Towns
This campaign is growing, so why not join us in 2006?
         he campaign caught                   Its not actually easy to        awareness and support for

T        the imagination of
         local people, the
         interest of politicians,
         and made national TV,
radio and the national
newspapers, hugely raising
awareness of the FAIRTRADE
                                           become a Fairtrade T    own, and
                                           its not meant to be easy. People
                                           in places like Belfast, Kinsale,
                                           Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork,
                                           Thurles, Galway, Limerick have
                                           had to do a lot of hard work to
                                           get there. And they’ve made
                                                                              FAIRTRADE Mark products
                                                                              in Ireland. And finally our
                                                                              thanks to all the other
                                                                              voluntary groups working to
                                                                              become Fairtrade towns or
                                                                              cities; from Bantry to Westport
                                                                              and from Greystones to
Mark in Ireland. And is the                Fairtrade better understood and    Tipperary, and to all the ones
starting point for a Fairtrade             more widely available in           who are just starting in 2006!
Town initiative – it’s simply              businesses and in their               In the words of Margaret
about a small group of people              communities, than could ever       Mead, the great anthropolgist:
helping to change the world!               have happened without their        “Never doubt that a small
   Altogether there are 35                 huge voluntary commitment.         group of thoughtful,
groups of volunteers around                   Well done to all the            committed citizens can change
Ireland working to make their              Fairtrade Towns groups around      the world. Indeed it’s the only
towns or cities Fairtrade                  Ireland for their creativity,      thing that ever has.”
Towns. There are now three                 enthusiasm and determination          Melanie Drea
Fairtrade towns and five cities            to increase the demand,               Fairtrade Towns Coordinator
(see pages 6-7 and 10-11).

        Right: Celebrations take place
            in 2003, as Clonakilty mark
              the success of becoming
         Ireland’s first Fairtrade Town.

The value of retail
sales for FAIRTRADE
Mark products is
growing by
approximately 40%
year on year
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One of the six goals in becoming a Fairtrade Town is to carry out
educational work in schools.
                                   activities. The Junior Certificate          their school and wider community.
 goal six                          state examinations for the CSPE
                                   curriculum even had a question on
                                                                               Our Lady of Lourdes School in
                                                                               Limerick won third prize for their
  “A significant number            Fairtrade – this is a first!                Fairtrade video in the
  of schools become                   Presentation Secondary School,           Development Cooperation
  Fairtrade Schools.”              Portlaoise came third in ‘The               Ireland/Irish Aid Children’s Media
                                   Young Social Innovators’ project            Awards!
             chools use the Civil, for their work on Fairtrade. They               With the ‘Fair play – Fairtrade’

‘S           Social, and Political
             Education pack
             (CSPE) and video or Fairtrade shop in their school.
             use The Alive-0 8
programme for primary schools.’

has been very positive and lots of
                                   wrote to newspapers, liaised with
                                   other schools and opened up a

                                   Presentation Secondary School,
                                   Waterford sold Fairtrade products
   The impact of the schools’ work in their school with the aim of
                                   expanding the scheme to the city.
                                                                               campaign a group of students from
                                                                               Ballinure National School, Co.
                                                                               Tipperary wrote letters to Croke
                                                                               Park, our national Gaelic football
                                                                               stadium to ask for FAIRTRADE
                                                                               Mark products to be sold and
                                                                               served in all the catering outlets.
schools around the country are     Loreto Secondary School, Navan              As a result they were invited to
becoming involved in Fairtrade     promoted Fairtrade products in              Croke Park by the management
                                                                               and some of the outlets are now
                                                                               serving Fairtrade coffee.
                                                                                   Ennis Fairtrade town group had
                                                                               students in big Fairtrade Bananas
                                                                               marching in last year’s St Patrick’s
                                                                               Day Parade. Also Greystones ran a
                                                                               Fairtrade Flag competition to
                                                                               celebrate the Rugby Club
                                                                               converting its coffee to Fairtrade,
                                                                               the winning flag is a work of art
                                                                               created by Jack Phelan (see pictured,
                                                                                   Well done to all our schools
                                                                               around the country for their
                                                                               fantastic work and commitment to
                                                                               raising awareness about Fairtrade!
Jack Phelan, winner of his school’s Fairtrade art project in Greystones with
fellow artists and Mayor Veronica

     A FAIR FACT!     In June 2005 approximately 30,000 school children
     answered a question about Fairtrade as part of their exam for the Civil,
     Social and Political Education exam.

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                                             BELFAST                                 CORK
                                                     elfast achieved Fairtrade             005 has been a very busy year

                                             B       City Status from the British
                                                     Fairtrade Foundation on the
                                             16th of June 2005 and celebrated
                                                                                     2     for the volunteers in the
                                                                                           Fairtrade Cork group,
                                                                                     starting in January with the official
                                             with the Lord Mayor, African            launch of our initiative. During the
                                             drummers, charities and aid             year we hosted the Irish launch of
                                             agencies in a big public awareness-     Fairtrade Fortnight and attended
                                             raising event in the St Georges         various rallies and street events to
                                             Market area of the city. The            raise awareness and promote the
                                             people of Belfast have a long           purchase of Fairtrade products in
                                             history of commitment to ethical        Cork. As demand has grown, so has
                                             trading. In the late 18th century       the availability of a wider range of
                                             Thomas Russell led a campaign to        products.
                                             boycott sweetmeats in protest              Our most exciting news was the
Bananas are our favourite fruit? Yes, but in
fact the banana tree is a very large herb!   against the slave trade used in sugar   official designation of Cork as a
                                             plantations in the West Indies and,     Fairtrade City (and Europe's first
                                             during the 1700s, Belfast was the       Fairtrade Capital of Culture) in
            t the end of 2005

                                             first city to ban ships involved in     October 2005. But it doesn't end
            seven towns/cities slave trade from its harbour.                         there – in 2006 we intend to keep
                                                The Belfast Fairtrade Steering       the momentum going and further
            joined Clonakilty as Committee are looking forward to                    promote the Fairtrade ethos in
   Fairtrade Towns. Here are being able to launch Belfast as a                       Cork city and county.
                                             truly Fairtrade City, once it gains     For details of all our events and
   some of their stories.                    Fairtrade Status from Fairtrade         activities, a listing of where you can
   In March 2006 two more, Mark Ireland, and to continue to                          purchase Fairtrade products in
                                             work towards making Belfast a           Cork, and ideas on how you can
   Mullingar and Wexford                     Fairer City for all.                    help, see our website
   also joined the club.                     G www.fairtradebelfast.com              G www.fairtradecork.com

              From Left:
       1.Lord Mayor Cllr.
   Wallace Browne and
  Belfast Fairtrade Town
  Group 2. Deputy Lord
 Mayor Dara Murphy and
      members of Cork
         Fairtrade Group

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                                GALWAY                                  KILKENNY
  FAIRTRADE                              n 10th December 2005,             n November 2005 Kilkenny was
  Recognition of the
                                O        International Human
                                         Rights Day, Galway was
                                awarded a Fairtrade City
                                                                        I  awarded Fairtrade City status. In
                                                                           February a committee had been
                                                                        formed to work towards the award.
                                certificate. Melanie Drea of            The campaign included school
  FAIRTRADE Mark has            Fairtrade Ireland, presented the        visits, promotions in supermarkets
  almost trebled from the       official certificate to Mayor Brian     and meetings with retail and
                                Walsh.                                  catering outlets to ask them to
  initial benchmark figure          The award highlights the work       adopt Fairtrade.
  of 16% in February 2002.      undertaken by the Fairtrade                During the ‘Cat Laughs’
  The most notable rise has     Steering Committee, a consortium        comedy festival we set up a street
                                of Amnesty International, Galway        stall and held a coffee morning in
  been seen year on year        City Council, Oxfam, and local          Langton’s Hotel with the help of
  from December ’03 to          businesses to raise awareness and       some obliging comedians.
  December ’04 where            increase the Fairtrade products            Committee member Malcolm
                                which are available to the public.      Noonan visited the SOPPEXCCA
  awareness of the new             The steering group is currently      co-op in Nicaragua and saw the
  international                 discussing ideas to raise awareness     difficulties growers face since the
  FAIRTRADE Mark                during Fairtrade Fortnight, on          collapse of coffee prices and the
                                6-19th March 2006.                      impact Fairtrade has on their lives.
  increased from 26%               A list of schools, restaurants and   Development Cooperation
  to 44%.                       businesses supporting Fairtrade         Ireland/Irish Aid support the
                                products in Galway is available on      group.
                                www.fairtrade.ie                           During the campaign we found
                                G www.galwaycity.ie/fairtrade           that many suppliers now offer
                                                                        Fairtrade products to caterers so
                                                                        outlets need not change supplier.
                                                                           Now that we’re a Fairtrade city
                                                                        the challenge is to not let it fade
                                                                        from people’s minds.
                                                                        G www.kilkennycoco.ie/

      From Left: 1.Mayor
       Cllr. Brian Walsh with
    Galway Fairtrade Group
       2.Malcolm Noonan,
          Kilkenny Fairtrade
        Group, with Fatima
             Ismael Espinoza
      SOPPEXCCA coffee
    cooperative Nicaragua

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                                              THE FAIRT
                                              FOR A FULL LIST OF THE CURRENT FAIRTRADE MA

What is Fairtrade?
GThe FAIRTRADE Mark is a product
specific guarantee, make sure to ask
companies for their FAIRTRADE Mark
products. See www.fairtrade.ie for a full
list of suppliers and products.

 Where can I buy it?
 GYou can buy FAIRTRADE Mark

 Keep us informed
 GIs your supermarket or cafe on the
 Fairtrade Map? If not go to
 www.fairtrade.ie and click on
 Locate Fairtrade and add them to the
 map. (Please note criteria for inclusion).

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                                Photograph illustrates a representative range of currently available FAIRTRADE Mark products


                                       FAIRTRADE MARK COTTON
                                       At the time of going to press we learnt that
                                       products made from FAIRTRADE Mark cotton will
                                       be available in March 2006. See www.fairtrade.ie
   GOALS TO                      KINSALE                                   LIMERICK
                                        insale became a Fairtrade                 005 has been a momentous
   FAIRTRADE TOWN                K      Town in October 2005. We
                                        are still celebrating this
                                 fantastic achievement. The
                                                                           2      year for the Treaty City. On
                                                                                  22 November 2005, the
                                                                           dream of a Fairtrade City was
                                 previous November a meeting was           realised when Limerick's Mayor,
   G Set up a Fairtrade
                                 held with the aim of Kinsale              Cllr Diarmuid Scully officially
       Steering Group.           becoming a Fairtrade Town.                accepted Fairtrade status for the
   G A range of Fairtrade           Kinsale, which has a population        city from Melanie Drea of
                                 of 4,000, is a tourist town on the        Fairtrade Ireland.
       products be readily
                                 south coast of Ireland. A                    This achievement was the
       available in local        committee approached all the              culmination of a year-long series of
       outlets and catering      town’s hotels, bars and cafes and by      events and activities publicly
       establishments.           summer 2005, over 20 restaurants          promoting Fairtrade among the
   G FAIRTRADE Mark              and bars were serving Fairtrade           citizens and consumers of Limerick
                                 products.                                 City.
       products are used by
                                    The reaction has been terrific,           Exactly one year earlier,
       at least ten local        and the national TV station RTE           Limerick City Council
       businesses.               visited and televised the work of         unanimously supported the
   G The Town Council            our committee in making Kinsale           initiative to make Limerick a
                                 Ireland's second Fairtrade town.          Fairtrade City and in January 2005,
       passes a motion in
                                 As well as helping developing             a steering committee was set up to
       support of Fairtrade.     countries, Kinsale has now become         meet the six goals for a Fairtrade
   G Ongoing media               a tourist town that offers a little bit   City as laid out by FAIRTRADE
       coverage is generated.    extra. We do not intend to become         Mark Ireland.
                                 complacent and this year Jeremy           G delia.oconnor@mic.ul.ie
   G A significant number of     Irons will appear for a photo shoot
       schools become            next to our Fairtrade sign as we
       Fairtrade Schools.        push the Fairtrade message further.
                                 G pjfinsurance@eircom.net

 From Left: 1.Legendary
     singer songwriter John
            Spillane, Padraig
          Fitzgerald, Kinsale
    Fairtrade Towns Group,
   with Deputy Lord Mayor
             Cllr. Fred Treacy
2. Dolores O’Meara, Mayor
 Cllr. Diarmuid Scully, Beth
 Hickey, Sr. Delia O’Connor
        and Sr. Rosetta Gray

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  THE FOLLOWING                        THURLES                               WATERFORD
                                               eing a Fairtrade Town                    aterford was officially
                                       B       supports Thurles to ‘Think
                                               Global, Act Local’
                                          Being a Fairtrade Town will
                                                                             W          declared a Fairtrade city
                                                                                        in October 2005. The
                                                                             launch was held in the Waterford
                                       empower consumers to know that        Institute of Technology - the first
                                       through their everyday purchasing     college in Ireland to become a
  Bantry, Bandon,                      decisions they can make a positive    Fairtrade College. Melanie Drea,
  Ballymun, Bray,                      difference in the developing world.   of FAIRTRADE Mark Ireland
  Carlow, Castlebar,                      It is a powerful way for the       presented the Fairtrade Certificate
                                       people of Thurles to say that we      to Councillor Hilary Quinlan,
  Dublin, Ennis,                       care about the lives of people in     Mayor of Waterford and Lucy
  Ennistymon,                          India, Africa and Central and         Whittle, chairperson of the
  Glanmire,                            South American countries that         Fairtrade Action Group. Beni
                                       grow the tea, coffee, bananas and     Oburu, of Cultural Links, shared
  Greystones,                          other products we consume on a        her memories of growing up in
  Killarney, Kildare,                  daily basis.                          Kenya and explained the positive
  Longford, Mullingar,                    When we buy any of the 70+         impact Fairtrade has. The Action
                                       Fairtrade products available in       Group thanked the people of
  Newcastlewest,                       Thurles, we are directly supporting   Waterford and all the businesses,
  Newry, Portlaoise,                   over 800,000 producers and their      organisations and schools who had
  Schull, Sligo,                       dependents in over 48 countries.      supported the bid.
                                       G www.thurles.ie                         At the launch students from the
                                                                             college unveiled an exhibition that
  Tipperary, Tralee,                                                         conveyed the essence of the
  Thomastown,                                                                Fairtrade message, and music was
                                                                             provided by the Ursuline Peace
  Wexford, Wicklow
                                                                             and Justice Group and African
  and Westport.                                                              drummers.
                                                                             G www.waterfordoneworldcentre.com

          From Left: 1.Melanie
            Drea, Fairtrade Mark
      Ireland, presenting Mayor
    John Kennedy and Thurles
    Fairtrade Town Group with
                  their certificate.
   2. Mayor Cllr. Hilary Quinlan,
     Lucy Whittle, Chairperson
    Waterford Fairtrade Group
     and Beni Oburu with their
           certificate in October

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  Grains of truth
   A husband and wife team have brought Fairtrade
   Thai Rice to Ireland
              hailand is the world’s     and where only one crop a year

    T         largest exporter of
              rice. Thai cuisine,
              increasingly popular
              around the world, is
    centred on fragrant rice
    varieties such as Hom Mali.
       In the irrigated central plains
                                         is grown, unlike the central
                                         plain which produces three.
                                            Delayed Thai land law
                                         reforms mean few farmers
                                         have the title to the ground
                                         their families have cultivated
                                         for generations.
    of Thailand, rice is an                 Fairtrade is set to change
    agricultural success story.          this.
       However, in the north east of        The Wexford-based Thai
    the country on the border with       Food Company has partnered a
    Cambodia, where the best of          group of 600 farmers in the
    the fragrant rice is grown, small    Isaan region to import Hom
    farmers are struggling.              Mali and other rice on a
       Beautiful but remote, this is     Fairtrade basis.
    one of the most deprived areas          The Surin Rice Fund group
    of the country, where few            now has Fairtrade status
    farmers own more than a ‘rai’ of     through membership of the
    land – two or three hectares –       larger Green Net co-operative,
                                         which is dedicated to
                                         sustainability and Fairtrade in
                                            But what’s the Irish
                                            Thai Food Company
                                         partners Norman Ruddock, his
                                         Thai wife Penn, and James
                                         Brady, say their mission is to
                                         introduce people to the
                                         ‘delights of cooking authentic

       A FAIR FACT!     In a Millward Brown / IMS consumer Survey,
      9 in 10 Irish Adults agreed that it was important to have fairer
      trade with people in developing countries.
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Thai food’.                           The FAIRTRADE Mark,               Irish people, who are already
   It goes a little further than    however, has given Surin Rice       showing their support for
that. When Norman and James         Fund farmers ownership of           Fairtrade in growing numbers,
left the construction industry in   every step of their fragrant rice   are going to welcome another
Thailand, they chose an ethical     exports, from sowing to             tasty opportunity to help people
business route.                     packaging. Now they have their      in developing countries.’ G
   Norman says: ‘At first we        own mill and packing plant, and
didn’t intend to seek the           the Fairtrade premium will help
Fairtrade authentication,           educate their families and halt      • For distribution for Thai Gold
simply to make sure these           migration off the land.              Organic Fairtrade Rice see
farmers got a fair deal.’             Norman says: ‘I’m sure that        www.fairtrade ie

                                                                             ‘’  I’m sure that Irish
                                                                                 people, who are
                                                                                 already showing
                                                                                 their support for
                                                                                 Fairtrade in
                                                                                 growing numbers,
                                                                                 are going to
                                                                                 welcome another
                                                                                 tasty opportunity
                                                                                 to help people in
Keeping things fair
 Chef Darina Allen stands up                            ravellers who pass         roadside, where they are
for Fairtrade after her visit to
   Costa Rica and seeing for
herself the damage of some
 conventional banana farms.
                                             T          through the banana
                                                        plantations of Costa
                                                        Rica, can’t fail to spot
                                                        the blue plastic bags
                                             which cover the fruit on every
                                                                                   transported by mule or canoe,
                                                                                   then by lorry to the port, where
                                                                                   ships wait to transport them
                                                                                   across the world.
                                                                                      Down by the edge of the

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                                             tree. Their perfect formation is      river, we watched as the
                                             largely due to the fact that they     bananas were weighed and the
                                             grow inside these pesticide lined     farmers were paid in cash on
                                             bags, many inevitably making          the spot. Most of them had a
                                             their way into the rivers, where      simple meal of rice before
                                             they are consumed by the fish,        walking back to their farms.
                                             mammals and iguanas.                     The good news is that more
                                                Unfortunately, animals are         Fairtrade projects have been
                                             not the only ones at risk as the      put in place in Costa Rica to
                                             chemicals are known to cause          ensure workers get a fair price
                                             sterility in the farm workers.        and good working conditions.
Fairtrade                                       For miles we watched people           We can help by buying
Bananas                                      working in the plantations,           Fairtrade. The price is little to us
                                             carrying the huge bunches to the      but the difference immense. G

BANANA CHOC                                        Preheat the oven     not over-mix).           under the rim. Bake
CHIP MUFFINS                                    1  to 200˚C/400˚F/
                                                gas mark 6. Sieve       3     Fold in the
                                                                              chocolate chips.
                                                                                                 for about 30
                                                                                                 minutes until golden
Makes 7-8 large muffins                         flour, cornmeal,        Fill a muffin tin        brown and firm to
100g plain flour                                baking powder and       (ideally lined with      the touch. Allow to
40g cornmeal                                    bicarbonate of soda     muffin cases) to just    cool in the tin.
1 teaspoon baking powder                        together into a large
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda                  bowl. Stir in sugar.
                                                    In a separate
90g unrefined (golden) Fairtrade sugar
40g melted butter
1 egg, beaten
                                                2   bowl, mix
                                                together the butter,
2 ripe Fairtrade bananas, well mashed           egg, bananas and
80ml buttermilk                                 buttermilk. Add wet
50g Fairtrade milk chocolate, chopped into      ingredients to dry
small chunks.                                   and mix gently (do
And now to wine
Fairtrade premiums from an award-winning Chilean
winery is providing housing, schools and education

    n 2001, Los Robles Co-         benefit the whole community.      that I have been able to provide

I   operative was named best
    Chilean Winery at the
    International Wine and
    Spirit Competition – the
international wine growers’
equivalent of an Oscar.
   Yet the members of the co-
                                     Fiona says: ‘The premium
                                   goes into an ecological and
                                   social fund which among other
                                   projects part-funds language
                                   and maths workshops in
                                   Rauco, a poor rural area where
                                   65% of the people live below
                                                                     this for my family. Thanks to
                                                                     Los Robles we have something
                                                                       Buying a school bus through
                                                                     Fairtrade premiums means
                                                                     school attendance has gone up
                                                                     and the extra workshops at a
operative in the Curico Valley     the poverty line.’                number of schools are raising
200 kilometres from the              The fund also provides          education standards.
capital, Santiago, could hardly    down-payments for workers           Juan Quitral Munoz, head
rub two pesos together.            who want to access                teacher at Quilpoco School,
   Then in 2004, Los Robles        government subsidies to buy       says: ‘The extra workshops
was awarded the FAIRTRADE          their homes or, like Jose         make the children feel valued
Mark.                              Bastias, to make much needed      and important.’
   Today, according to Fiona       house improvements.
Thomson of Traidcraft who            Jose has three children, two
visited Los Robles last autumn,    boys and a girl but his house      G FAIRTRADE Mark wines from
the co-operative is going from     had just one bedroom. The          both Chile and South Africa will
strength to strength – and so is   Fairtrade premium helped Jose      be available through the main
the community whose                enlarge the house and install a    supermarkets and in restaurants.
livelihoods depend on its wine.    bathroom.                          See www.fairtrade.ie for
   Heriberto Olave Espinoza, a       He says: ‘I feel very proud      distributor details.
member of El Corazon
Peasant Co-operative,
explains: ‘Without Fairtrade,
smallholdings don’t have the
size and capacity to compete in
the current market.’
   Already, their Fairtrade
premium has allowed them to
set up irrigation, education,
and housing projects, which

  A FAIR FACT! In Ireland we drink more Chilean
  wine than nearly anywhere else in the world.
  A Fairtrade opportunity!
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Minister visits Nicaragua
          lora Montenegro is a     Irish Aid Development

F         woman with a story to
          tell. Her story
          however, like that of
          hundreds of thousands
of other small coffee producers,
has been buried underneath the
international coffee commodity
                                   In recent years SOPPEXCCA,
                                   along with coffee coops in other
                                   Central American countries, have
                                   benefited from investment in
                                   Fairtrade development
                                   programmes funded by Irish Aid,
business.                          the Irish Government’s official
   Flora is a quality award        overseas development assistance
winning coffee farmer in           programme. During a visit to
Jinotega in Nicaragua and a        SOPPEXCCA in November
member of SOPPEXCCA, a             2005, the Minister of State at the
small farmers’ coffee              Department of Foreign Affairs,
cooperative. The coop was set      Mr. Conor Lenihan T.D.
up nearly ten years ago with       Minister of State for Overseas       Above: The children of coffee producers
just 65 members. Today the         Development and Human                in SOPPEXXCA performed a coffee
coop has over 650 members.         Rights, promised to double the       picking dance for Minister of State
                                                                        Conor Lenihan in Nicaragua when he
   The coop not only had the       funding for support projects with    visited.
bitter legacy of the Nicaraguan    Fairtrade producers in Central
civil war to get over, but also    America in 2006.                     Below: Minister of State, Conor Lenihan,
the debts they inherited from a    Peter Gaynor                         T.D. with Flora Montenegro award winning
previous coop that had gone        Director, Fairtrade Mark Ireland     coffee producer from SOPPEXXCA in
bankrupt, owing over                                                    Nicaragua.
US$750,000 to European
   The success of the coop, and
of small coffee farmers like
Flora, means they will clear the
last of the debts they owe in
2006. And on top of this, the
average extra income for coffee
producers in SOPPEXCCA is
US$170 a year because of sales
on Fairtrade terms.
   The average annual income
for coffee producers in
Nicaragua is only US$600.
Also, unusually for a coffee
cooperative, where the
members are usually men, 40%
of the members of
SOPPEXCCA are women.

   Produced for Fairtrade Mark Ireland by New Consumer Magazine: www.newconsumer.org
         Fairtrade Mark Ireland: Carmichael House, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7.
                            Tel: Dublin 475 3515 www.fairtrade.ie

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