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Budding artists can display their talents at an exhibition organised by Stourbridge Fairtrade and St James’s Primary this Fairtrade Fortnight.

People of all ages can submit the pieces, which need to take Fairtrade cocoa as their inspiration. Pieces can be in any media, including drawing, painting, collage or sculpture.

The pieces will go on display at St. Thomas’s Church Hall, Stourbridge on Saturday 29 February. People can bring their artwork along on the day. To take part, or for more information contact
smason@st-james.dudley.sch.uk or sharonchalland@gmail.com

Stourbridge Fairtrade is asking people to pledge to support Fairtrade and will also be putting up a display in Stourbridge Library for the duration of the fortnight.

There will also be a chocolate tasting session from 10.30am – 2.30pm and the chance to hear the stories of the West African cocoa producers who grow the beans to make the chocolate. The UK chocolate industry is worth at least £4 billion a year but only 10% of that is sold on a Fairtrade basis. The average cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana makes less than 75p a day, well below the extreme poverty line of around £1.40 a day.

Fairtrade Fortnight is the annual campaigning fortnight of the Fairtrade Foundation which this year runs from 24 February to 8 March.

Dudley Council is a Fairtrade Council and supports Fairtrade within the authority and promotes events run by the borough’s two Fairtrade towns, Stourbridge and Sedgley during Fairtrade Fortnight. The council will be hosting a pop-up exhibition in the council house during the fortnight.

The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘She deserves a living income’ focusing on the need to provide a fair wage for farmers and producers in developing countries.

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By paying sustainable prices, producers receive a fair wage which allows them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

To find out more about Fairtrade and the Stourbridge Fairtrade group visit
www.facebook.com/stourbridgefairtrade or
www.stourbridge.com

For more information on Fairtrade visit www.fairtrade.org.uk

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