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Monday, March 16, 2015
Learning about Fairtrade at St James Church in Dalby
Fairtrade Fortnight came to a close, a special evening was organised at St
James Church in Dalby to learn more about how Fairtrade works, with an
opportunity to partake in some chocolate tasting and discover more about the
real story behind the confectionary, which most of us take for granted.
Newton, local Traidcraft distributor, hosted the evening, providing detailed
information about how Fairtrade works to help poor farmers, workers and their
families around the world, and answering assorted questions from members of the
As one of the leading suppliers
of Fairtrade products in the UK and the Isle of Man, Traidcraft is committed to
fighting poverty through trade; bringing empowerment and dignity to the poorly
paid and disenfranchised. Trading also encourages a reasonable standard of
living and the chance to seek further opportunities, bringing additional
benefits and independence.
the fire burning in the hearth and the promise of treats later in the evening,
Margaret introduced a short documentary entitled Fairtrade Matters, which
followed the fortunes of Edson Maotchedwe and Tsala Mwale, who both work in the
in Malawi, the film reveals the challenges that beset both the farmer and their
co-workers as they look towards improving their lives, and that of others in their community, through the
assistance of Fairtrade.
was followed by an informative and revealing illustrative talk about how the contents
of the humble cocoa pod are eventually transformed into chocolate. It's not
easy to grow cocoa trees, which produce small flowers that eventually flourish
into brightly coloured pods, but chocolate is arguably one of the world's
the theme of chocolate set the tone of the evening thereafter, with everyone
encouraged to participate in tasting a
variety of Fairtrade chocolate bars, challenging their taste buds and finding
out how much they really know about the products on offer.
there was an opportunity to purchase a range of Fairtrade goods and sample a
variety of home-made cake, with bakers challenged to combine local produce and Fairtrade ingredients.