Fruity start to Portsmouth’s Fairtrade fortnight

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A FREE banana giveaway will take place in Portsmouth’s Commercial Road to mark the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight.

Portsmouth Fairtrade Forum will also hand out copies of the 2012 Guide to Fairtrade in Portsmouth to passers-by on Monday.

It is one of hundreds of events taking place across the country in a bid to encourage more people to buy Fairtrade produce, which pays its growers and farmers a reasonable price for their goods.

The group has also organised a Middle Eastern Evening as part of the fortnight, with food, stalls, and live music.

And there will be two guest speakers from Zaytoun – a community interest project in Palestine which sells Fairtrade olive oil – at the event, olive farmer Riziq Abu Nasser from Palestine and Zaytoun’s director in Palestine, Taysir Arbasi.

This second event takes place on Thursday, March 1, between 7pm and 9.30pm, at The Hub, University of Portsmouth, on Burnaby Road.

Tickets cost £5 from Visitor Information Centres or University catering outlets, or call Sue on (023) 9225 0267

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