Fortnight will focus on Fairtrade

NORTH Devon will be doing its bit to help give third world farmers and producers a better deal during Fairtrade Fortnight 2009. From Monday, February 23 to March 8, Fairtrade groups from across the region are organising and hosting a series of events culm

NORTH Devon will be doing its bit to help give third world farmers and producers a better deal during Fairtrade Fortnight 2009.From Monday, February 23 to March 8, Fairtrade groups from across the region are organising and hosting a series of events culminating in a UK-wide record attempt for the number of Fairtrade bananas eaten in a 24-hour period.Other events include stalls, tastings, competitions, a fashion show, film showings and even a visit by a Palestinian olive farmer.This year's "Make it Happen - Choose Fairtrade" campaign is designed to promote the importance of buying ethically sourced goods that carry the Fairtrade label."Fairtrade is needed now more than ever," said supporter Emma Van-Huysse, from Torrington."However hard you might have been hit by the credit crunch and economic downturn, the effect on developing countries is much worse. Two billion people - a third of humanity - still live on less than $2 a day, and it is unfair trading rules that keep them in poverty. "By choosing Fairtrade you are triggering positive change for small farmers and producers in developing countries, empowering them to make changes in their lives and environment."Please join in and support these events; buy Fairtrade where you can and make a positive change to disadvantaged producers."In the UK, more than 3,000 products now carry the Fairtrade mark. There are more than 300 Fairtrade Towns including Bideford, Barnstaple and Torrington. Ilfracombe is due to launch its own Fairtrade Town bid at a launch at the Lantern Centre, Ilfracombe, on Tuesday February 24, 11am.More information is available at www.fairtrade.org.uk and if you would like to get involved in any of the events, telephone Emma Van-Huysse (01805) 622143 or Ann Davis (01237) 425883.FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT EVENTS DIARY:Saturday, February 21: Torrington Launch Event with new Fairtrade Guide to Torrington, presentation of Fairtrade County Certificates, stalls, free samples and hot drinks. Torrington Square, 10am-12noon.Monday, February 23 - Saturday, March 7: Bideford Prize Competition - How many "out of place" Fairtrade items can you spot in the shops around Mill Street and the High Street? Entry forms and details from Walter Henry's Bookshop in the High Street. Prizes kindly donated by Clovelly Road Co-op.Tuesday February 24: Ilfracombe Fairtrade Town launch, the Lantern Centre, Ilfracombe, 11am.Thursday, February 26: The Yes Men (film), Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, 8pm. Tickets �5/�4.50/�4. Sunday, March 1: Fairtrade stall and coffee, Scout Hut, Torrington, 10am.Monday, March 2-6: Best dressed banana competition with local schools invited to decorate a Fairtrade banana. Winning bananas from each school will be on display at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington on March 7. Come and vote for the overall Best Dressed Banana (votes will be counted and winners announced at 12noon).Friday, March 6: "Fairtrade Olives from Palestine" - a presentation by a Palestinian olive farmer growing for Fairtrade, 3pm, 1646 Restaurant, Torrington, �2.50 and 7pm at Bideford Baptist Church, Mill Street, followed by short film "Bonita - Ugly Bananas".Friday, March 6: Fairtrade fashion show with Nomads, Traidcraft, Bishopston clothes and accessories, Howe Church, Torrington, 7.30pm. Entry �3 includes glass of wine and a short presentation about Fairtrade bananas.Saturday, March 7: GO BANANAS - World banana eating record attempt, Bideford Library (9.30am-4.30pm); Fair's Fair, Bear Street, Barnstaple (9.30am-5pm); the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington (10am - 12noon); and Bideford Baptist Church from 7pm on Friday.


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