Fairtrade chief gives talk in Rye and praises town for its efforts

RYE’S status as a Fairtrade Town has been recognised with head of product management at the Foundation, Richard Anstead, giving a talk at St Mary’s Centre on Saturday February 22.

And Mr Anstead was quick to praise Rye residents for their work in raising awareness for the good cause.

Speaking prior to the visit he said: “I am delighted to be visiting Rye which has been a Fairtrade town since 2009.

“With this kind of grass roots support from consumers across the UK Fairtrade can really help farmers in the developing world have a secure future for themselves and their families as well as continuing to grow the products that we love to enjoy in the UK. Well Done Rye.”

The talk, at the Lion Street venue, takes place at 7pm and all are welcome to attend and ask questions.

Richard Anstead has worked for the Fairtrade Foundation since 2005. With his Team he is now responsible for managing the Foundation’s relationships, from producers through to product and has worked with Nestle, Cadbury and Cafe Direct.