A Fairtrade tea grower from Kenya explains the scheme's benefits

Written by Tony Millett on .

Marlborough marked Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 with a well-attended evening meeting in the Town Hall on Saturday (March 4.)

104 people heard the Town Mayor, Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton introduce speakers from the Fairtrade Foundation, Fairtrade Wiltshire - and from Kenya.

Patrick Kabeira Muthaura, a tea grower and campaigner from the Fairtrade Michimikuru Tea Company in Kenya's eastern highlands, explained the benefits of the scheme not just for farmers' earnings, but also for vital infrastructure improvements.

He spoke about the effects of climate change on his region of Kenya. He also raised the tea farmers' fears about Brexit - their tea comes to Britain and some of it travels on to other EU markets.  Any tariffs along that export route would hit them very hard.

Refreshments were provided by Tesco - which has been at the forefront of Marlborough's successful campaign to become a Fairtrade town. A retiring collection raised £435 for the Fairtrade Foundation.