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Recalling Our Fair Trade Pioneers.

For Focus94 Inese Japina spoke to Colm Ryder about Ireland’s coffee culture pioneers Colm Ryder is an environmental engineer by profession. He was an early member of Comhlámh and worked with Campaign Coffee Group in Comhlámh throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Colm told us about the development of fair trade in Ireland. How did the idea of importing Fairtrade coffee into the Irish market

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Just The TTIP?

In Focus94 Raémann Trádáil of the Comhlámh Trade Justice Group took a look at the new trade agreement being negotiated between the US and EU. What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a monster, IS IT A MONSTER? as The Automatic once sang. They might well have been talking about the new trade agreement being negotiated between the US and EU – “TTIP”,

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Where Now For Alternative Trade?

For Focus94 Eamon Murphy of Comhlámh’s Trade Justice Group discussed the future of Alternative Trade, now that the European elections are over. The European Elections have come and gone, and the results have been well dissected by the media. Eleven MEPs from across the political spectrum have taken their seats in Brussels and most people will now turn away, barely concerning themselves with the goings

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Podcast: Do We Need Trade Rather Than Aid?

Here’s a recording of last week’s edition of our regular #FirstWedsDebates in the Twisted Pepper. As part of Fair Trade Fortnight, we delved into the relationship between trade and aid. The proposition we tabled asked “Is the Trade not Aid mantra a smokescreen for greater penetration of northern business into southern economies?” It was a bit of a stellar line up and speakers included:

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Key Terms In The Trade Debate Explained.

In Focus87 Janet Horner and Deirdre Kelly explain a few of the key terms used in discussions on trade. Civil society: All civic and social organisations and movements that participate in a society, separate from the institutions of a government. Duty-free goods: Goods that are bought or sold between countries with no additional import or export tax. Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs): Trade Deals being negotiated between European Union countries

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10 Reasons to Shout Louder about Unfair Trade

In Focus87 Deirdre Kelly reminds us of the importance of tackling global trade injustice. Before you finish eating breakfast this morning you’ve depended on more than half the world.’ (Martin Luther King Jr.) The half of the world we depend on to get our breakfast – tea, coffee, orange juice, bananas, sugar – is the poor half. This dependence is not just for breakfast

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Take A Step For Fair Trade With Fair Trade Fortnight 2012.

This year Fairtrade Fortnight (27th February – 11th March) encourages you to ‘Take a Step for Fairtrade’, and make change in your everyday life. By buying Fairtrade products you are supporting a fairer deal for producers in the Global South and contributing to sustainable livelihoods. There are other changes you can make too. Join us to ‘Take a Step for Trade Justice’.Scroll down to read about

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