Rice at a Fair Price as University Helps with Fairtrade Challenge

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Ninety 1kg bags of rice have gone on sale at the University of Worcester as part of Fairtrade Fortnight, which started on Monday.

Students are taking part in the 90kg Rice Challenge, an initiative led by JTS, a fair trade organisation. The Challenge aims to raise money to help children in Malawi to attend secondary school. If Malawian farmers can sell 90kg of rice at a fair price, then they would have sufficient income to send one of their children to secondary school for one year.

Students at the University of Worcester will be selling bags of rice at various points over the next two weeks at the University’s St John’s Campus, and are urging people to come along and help reach the target of 90kg sold, to help at least one child achieve a better education. They are also giving out free recipes and will be holding some cooking demonstrations.

Second year Primary Initial Teacher Education student, Sophie Aumeer, said: “I’m helping with the 90kg Rice Challenge because I think it is so important that all children have the opportunity to go to school and get an education.

“If we can help to send just one child to secondary school by selling enough bags of rice, then it will all be worthwhile.”

There will also be other Fairtrade events taking place at the University over the next two weeks, including film screenings and a Fairtrade Sale on Thursday, March 5.

Rev Fiona Haworth, the University’s Chaplain, said: “Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. The University is proud to be accredited with Fairtrade Status; the University and Students’ Union sells a wide variety of Fairtrade products across its cafes, canteen and shop, including clothing, and Fairtrade suppliers are regularly invited onto campus to sell their products.”