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Get ready for Fairtrade Fortnight

Get ready for Fairtrade Fortnight

Anyone can do their bit and foodservice establishments are being urged to include at least one Fairtrade option on their menus.

Divine Chocolate – the chocolate company owned by cocoa farmers – is one of the big Fairtrade movers and shakers not only throughout the year, but during the Fortnight as well. Each year, during the Fortnight, Divine invites some of its farmers to the UK. This year is no exception and, because the centenary of International Women’s Day falls during the Fortnight on Tuesday 8 March, the visitors will be female.

Harriet Boatemaa and Fatima Ali are two prominent female members of Kuapa Kokoo, the Ghanaian farmers’ cooperative that co-owns Divine. Acting as ambassadors of the 45,000 strong co-operative, the couple are coming to tour the UK and share their views on Fairtrade, the crucial role that women now play in the Kuapa organisation, and on what owning a chocolate company really means.

On the Fairtrade Fortnight tour, Harriet and Fatima will be talking to school children, shoppers, church groups, local businesses and government officials in Liverpool, Warrington, Bradford, London, Oxford and Cardiff, giving these diverse audiences the opportunity to hear firsthand how a fairer trading relationship is helping to change lives in Ghana, and how Divine’s pioneering business model means an even better deal for farmers and their families.

For full details of the Divine farmers’ tour please see the Events Calendar page on the Divine Chocolate website.

For further information on Fairtrade and how you can get involved with Fairtrade Fortnight, visit www.fairtrade.org.uk

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