Schools Event to Promote Fairtrade Held in Ards Arts Centre

Wednesday 4th March 2020

A local schools event to promote Fairtrade was held in Ards Arts Centre on Monday 2 March as part of Fairtrade Fortnight…

Peru-based coffee farmer gave a talk to students about Fairtrade

Hosted by Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Fairtrade Steering Group, approximately 40 schoolchildren and their teachers attended the special event that featured Peru-based coffee farmer, Hugo Javier Guerrero, as the keynote speaker.

Based in the mountainous Piura region of Peru, Guerrero explained the benefits that Fairtrade provides his family business and employees before giving the schoolchildren an opportunity to ask questions.

At the end of the event, each child received a packed goodie bag filled with Fairtrade items that had been donated by Tesco and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Consul General.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Bill Keery, said:

“Ards and North Down achieved Fairtrade Borough status almost three years ago and Fairtrade Fortnight gives the Council an opportunity to encourage local residents and businesses to buy Fairtrade. Supporting Fairtrade also contributes to the Council’s aim of being a sustainable borough and it aligns with the internationally recognised Sustainable Development Goals.”

He added: “Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. As a Fairtrade Borough, we support the vision to live in a world where all producers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods that lets them fulfil their potential.”

Fairtrade is celebrated over two weeks every year with events in local schools and communities. By buying Fairtrade tea, coffee or chocolate, it helps to bring greater security, equality and opportunity to the lives of farmers, workers and communities.

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