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Fairtrade producer visits Downend Library

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Published: 23/02/2012

Sesame seed grower Sandra Rojas will talk about her life as a Fairtrade farmer and how through choosing products which have been fairly traded, we can all do something to help support the life and work of her community. There will also be products available to taste on the night.

The talk is part of a series of events highlighting the importance of the Fairtrade movement and Fairtrade products. Sandra will be visiting a number of schools in South Gloucestershire and Bristol. The schools programme is the only one of its kind in the country with around 2,000 children in both areas, from primary school age to sixth form, given the opportunity to meet the producer and hear what life is really like growing food for us in remote tropical places.

Cllr Sheila Cook, executive member for children and young people, said: “School children in South Gloucestershire and Bristol are being given a unique opportunity to gain an insight into what life is like for people trying to make a successful living in the developing world. South Gloucestershire became a Fairtrade area in 2009 which means it has made a commitment to supporting Fairtrade products and using products with the Fairtrade Mark. We also produce a directory which lists a range of suppliers of fairly traded products in the district.”

The first event at Downend Library this Thursday at 7.30pm will be followed by a formal launch by the Lord Mayor of Bristol on Tuesday 28 February at Ashton Gate Primary School at 9am.

The visit has been arranged by the Bristol Fairtrade Network, the South Gloucestershire Fairtrade Network, which are supported by the respective councils, and BLINC – Bristol Link with Nicaragua. The schools taking part funded the majority of the cost of the visit as part of learning about Fairtrade, alongside a grant from the Co-operative.

Further information about Fairtrade Fortnight is available at

Details about both events is available from Jenny Foster from the Bristol Fairtrade Network on 0117 922 4916.

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