Tiverton group photo compresssedCoombeshead Stall compressedFairtrade Fortnight kicked off last week with a variety of exciting events being held across Devon. We are very pleased to be joined by Paul Tiony, a Fairtrade tea producer from Kenya, who has been travelling to towns all around the county and sharing his insights and experiences of heading the Sireet Outgrowers Empowerment & Producers Company (OEP).

Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 Programme

So far, everyone has been really impressed with his enthusiasm for the benefits that a Fairtrade premium can bring to communities. These include ensuring that producers consistently receive a higher price for their produce and are protected from global market instability.

There are plenty more opportunities to meet Paul during the second half of Fairtrade Fortnight (from Monday 2nd of March). Please see the public events for the week, listed under ‘Fairtrade’.

Meanwhile, Freya and Harry from DDE ran a Fairtrade stall at Coombeshead Academy in Newton Abbot, as part of the school’s Global Learning Day which also included stalls run by Amnesty International, the school’s Ugandan link society as well as one selling local Fairtrade fudge! Freya and Harry were very pleased with the students’ enthusiasm for learning about Fairtrade and playing the ‘why are people hungry?’ game. Impressive live music and dance performances from the students created a fantastic atmosphere.