Numerous events in Scarborough and Filey celebrated fair-trade fortnight, raising awareness of the relevant issues.
In Scalby, at St Laurence’s Church Rooms, Scalby and Newby Women’s Institute sold hot drinks and cakes, all home-made with fair-trade ingredients.
Visitors sampled fair-trade wine and chocolate, and bought various edible and inedible fair-trade products.
Organiser Pam Caton said the event had been “highly successful”, attended by about 60 people.
She said: “This year, fair-trade fortnight focused on the women who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much.
“We were able to promote the Fair Trade Foundation and the work they’re doing in Ivory Coast for cocoa farmers.
“We sent them a three-figure donation to promote the Women’s Society and the Fair Trade Premium, which ensures that if the global cost of cocoa drops, the growers don’t lose out as they are compensated. Women do a lot of the work there”, Pam said.
A film shot in Ivory Coast by Pam’s son Peter for the Fair Trade Foundation was screened at the event.
In Scarborough and Filey, similar events were held at Oxfam in Newborough, the town hall, St Andrew’s Church in Ramshill, St Mark’s Church in Newby, and Scalby, Northstead and Filey Methodist churches.
During fair-trade fortnight, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK sang the praises of people who grow our food, who live in some of the poorest countries and are often exploited and badly paid.