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Faitrade Fortnight to be marked in Oakham and Whissendine




Fairtrade Fortnight, which this year runs from February 24 to March 8, is a time when thousands of people up and down the country get together to celebrate the progress that has been made to make trade fairer, and to campaign against exploitation that still exists.

The Rutland Fairtrade Forum will be holding a Big Brew at the Methodist Church on Northgate in Oakham, from 10am to midday on Saturday, February 29. On the same day, a Fairtrade coffee morning is being held at Whissendine Village Hall, also from 10am to midday.

The themes for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight are cocoa and a living income, with a particular focus on the role that women play in the production of cocoa.

Rutland has retained its status as a Fairtrade county. From left to right: Cllr Marc Oxley (Uppingham Ward, Rutland County Council), Cllr Kenneth Bool (Chairman, Rutland County Council), David Lewis (Chairman, Rutland Fairtrade Forum), Graham Stapleton (Secretary, Rutland Fairtrade Forum)
Rutland has retained its status as a Fairtrade county. From left to right: Cllr Marc Oxley (Uppingham Ward, Rutland County Council), Cllr Kenneth Bool (Chairman, Rutland County Council), David Lewis (Chairman, Rutland Fairtrade Forum), Graham Stapleton (Secretary, Rutland Fairtrade Forum)

The UK chocolate industry is worth more than £4bn each year but the average cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, where 60 per cent of our cocoa is grown, earns less than 75p a day.

At the Big Brew in Oakham, the Rutland Fairtrade Forum will be sharing the inspiring stories of women cocoa farmers in West Africa, explaining how Fairtrade supporters across the UK are campaigning for change and providing reasons to be optimistic.

Fairtrade refreshments will be on sale at the Big Brew with all money raised being donated to Traidcraft Exchange. Visitors will also have the opportunity to test their knowledge of Fairtrade and related matters in a prize quiz and Rutland’s own Fairtrade chocolate bar will be on sale.

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