Palestinian Fairtrade link to be launched in Barnstaple

FAIRTRADE supporters in Barnstaple will launch a project this week to boost the Fairtrade movement in Palestine. Organisers of Olives for Hope" PLAN to build a Devon-wide friendship link with the West Bank village of Deir Istya, where farmers have rece

FAIRTRADE supporters in Barnstaple will launch a project this week toboost the Fairtrade movement in Palestine. Organisers of "Olives for Hope" PLAN to build a Devon-wide friendship link with the West Bank village of Deir Istya, where farmers have recently started selling their organic olive oil through Zaytoun, the first Fairtrade olive oil wholesaler in the UK.The project will be launched at an evening of live music, Palestinian food and multimedia presentations on Thursday evening in Christ Church,Bear Street at 7.30pm.The project, co-ordinated by the local education organisation DevonDevelopment Education and Helen Durrant of Barnstaple's Fairtradeshop "Fair's Fair," builds on the recent visit of Riziq Abu Nasser, aPalestinian olive farmer from Deir Istya. Riziq.HE visited Devon during Fairtrade Fortnight earlier this year and gave more than 40 talks around the county. He highlighted the ways in which his community had benefited from the sale of oil through Fairtrade, which guarantees producers a fair deal as they export their produce to the UK.Olives for Hope has been endorsed by Carol Drinkwater, who starred inthe 1980s TV drama All Creatures Great and Small and has since writtenseveral books about olives."If this project can support Palestinian farmers and give them anopportunity to sell their fruits and the oil they have farmed forcenturies, it will have helped give them back dignity and a meanstowards earning their own livelihoods," she said.


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