Going bananas for Fairtrade fortnight

Published on: 03 Mar 2014

A COFFEE producer from Nicaragua has been visiting young people in Downend and Mangotsfield to tell them how Fairtrade works.

Margarita Espinoza presented lessons and assemblies at Christchurch Junior School in Downend and Mangotsfield School about life in Nicaragua and talked about the positive impact being a Fairtrade producer has had on her life, and also the lives of her family and community.

The visits were organised by South Gloucestershire Council as part of Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs until March 9.

Margarita will also call on schools in Thornbury as well as speaking at a range of Fairtrade events.

Throughout the fortnight schools across South Gloucestershire can apply to take part in a competition to invent unusual Fairtrade banana recipes such as banana curry, banana burgers or banana pie.

By using Fairtrade bananas they will be supporting the national Stick with Foncho campaign which is calling for all bananas sold in the UK to be Fairtrade.

Students can enter by filling out a special recipe card and submitting it to their school by Wednesday March 12. The winning recipe will be cooked up in the school’s kitchen for all pupils to sample and every recipe submitted will also be included in a downloadable e-book.

Lydia Nash, Fairtrade co-ordinator at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “Fairtrade Fortnight offers the perfect opportunity to find out more about how the Fairtrade mark guarantees a fair deal for producers in developing countries. We are very pleased that Margarita will be visiting South Gloucestershire to give us a first-hand account of her experience of producing coffee in Nicaragua.”

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

South Gloucestershire first became a Fairtrade District in 2009 and successfully renewed in 2010 and 2013.

This means that the council, schools, businesses and community groups across the district have committed to using and promoting Fairtrade products.

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