THERE are plenty of event being staged across Conwy to mark Fairtrade Fortnight.

Fairtrade Fortnight will run between Monday, February 24 and March 8.

This year the focus is on cocoa farmers, especially women, who grow the cocoa in chocolate.

Just £1.86 a day makes a living income for a West African cocoa farmer, but a lot of cocoa farmers are earning about 74p a day and living in poverty.

Kay Pitt, secretary of Conwy Fairtrade group, said: “We are so proud that Wales became the first ever Fairtrade nation in 2008, but there’s still a long way to go.

"We need more people to understand the importance of buying Fairtrade products, and realising how much is available now, we’ve moved on a long way from coffee, tea and chocolate.

"We hope to get that message across through all the events we have arranged this year."

  • Events include Fairtrade Pancakes - Fairtrade goods, including candy floss, will be on sale. This will take place on Tuesday, February 25 2.30pm until 4pm at Porth Y Felin School, Conwy.
  • Fairtrade coffee and homemade cakes for £2.75, plus a film on Fairtrade Chocolate. Thursday, February 27 between 10.30am until 12pm at Orme View Restaurant, Llandrillo College.
  • Coffee morning on Friday, February 28 from 10am until 1pm at 2 Tan Benarth, Gyffin, Conwy.
  • Stories of women farmers with Fairtrade chocolate samples – drop-in session for children. Saturday, February 29 from 11am until 1pm at Conwy Culture Centre , Bodlondeb.
  • Extra Leap year day to make a difference on Saturday, February 29 at Kingdom Krafts, 30 Mostyn St, Llandudno.
  • Fairtrade Football Launch with Conwy County Borough Council leader cllr Sam Rowlands and ethical procurement champion, cllr Louise Emery. This will be at Tuesday, March 3, 4pm, at The Barn, Eirias Park, Eirias Rd, Colwyn Bay.
  • Celebrate Fairtrade with Llandudno Starbucks. Tuesday, March 3.
  • Coming of age – celebrate 18th birthday with Tudno School and Kingdom Krafts. Wednesday, March 4 at 2pm Kingdom Krafts, 30 Mostyn St, Llandudno.
  • Celebrate Fairtrade with M&S on Saturday, March 7 all day at M&S café, Llandudno.

Email or telephone Kay on 07918663640 for more details.