someone who has first hand experience of the good Fairtrade does will be speaking at a special event in Bideford next week. As part of Bideford s activities for Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs until March 9, a free and informative event will be held at th

someone who has first hand experience of the good Fairtrade does will be speaking at a special event in Bideford next week.As part of Bideford's activities for Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs until March 9, a free and informative event will be held at the Baptist Church in Mill Street on Friday, March 7.Special guest will be Martin Odoch, a 32-year-old Ugandan, who was field manager of the Mpanga Tea Factory, which incorporates 748 smallholder tea growers.Mr Odoch will talk about Fairtrade and explain the improvements small scale producers in developing countries will see to their lives if they can become part of a Fairtrade contact.Bideford became a Fairtrade Town in 2006 thanks to efforts of a small group of volunteers who encouraged shops, cafes, workshops and other businesses to sell or use Fairtrade products - of which a fairer percentage of the price goes to those who actually produced it, many of them already struggling with poverty.The Fairtrade evening begins at 7.30pm and, following Mr Odoch's talk, the feature film Black Gold will be shown; it focuses on small-scale coffee farmers in Ethiopia, who receive a pittance for their product, light years away from what Westerners pay for it. Fairtrade refreshments will be on offer.