Photo credit: Manchester Coffee Festival
Wow, what a weekend! For the 2nd year in a row Farmers’ Voice Radio were selected as a community partner of the Manchester Coffee Festival alongside the brilliant The Proud Trust. There was a real buzz at the Festival as coffee fans, roasters, baristas and other industry pros gathered to celebrate the northern independent coffee scene.
Hannah and Helen from the Farmers’ Voice Radio team hosted a stall at the festival and had many insightful conversations with both industry and the public. It was great to spread the word about our new Latin America Academy coffee campaign as well as thank new campaign partners Clifton Coffee and Salford Roasters in person. The initiative will support thousands of coffee farmers in the region and if your business is interested in getting involved please do let us know!
We were delighted to have the support of so many exhibitors who contributed prizes to our joint raffle with The Proud Trust. The lucky winners won goodies from La Marzocco, Harry’s hot chocolate, Man CoCo, Dog and Hat, 200 degrees alongside items from other exhibitors. We were so pleased to raise £600 for the two charities.
As a community partner we also had the chance to present on the festival talks stage. Our Programme Development Manager, Hannah, was joined via live video link from Kenya by a representative from Twinings to talk about the work that we are doing together as part of their Sourced with Care programme. Our ongoing collaboration in Kenya with Twinings’ smallholder tea suppliers and a new programme in northern Nigeria targeted at ginger and hibiscus producers were showcased to demonstrate how businesses can use Farmers’ Voice Radio within their supply chains to support smallholder communities to tackle common challenges such as lack of access to health information, gender inequality and climate change.