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Monday, 28 February 2011

Fairtrade Fortnight

Level: Upper intermediate / B2

Fairtrade fortnight begins today. I found out about it when I was walking along a wet and windy Brighton seafront last Wednesday! I was lucky enough to meet someone from Cadbury chocolate who was giving out free bars of Dairy Milk to promote the event. Yum!

During Fairtrade Fortnight, Cadbury will donate some of the profits from their Fairtrade products to fund farming communities in Africa.

Read this article about it and answer these questions:
1 How much of their profits from Fairtrade products will Cadbury donate?
2 Which African country will receive the money?
3 Which form of renewable energy will be funded?
4 What will the electricity help to do?
5 How much money has Cadbury already given from its sales of Dairy Milk?


Okay, those are some questions to check your reading skills and understanding, but now lets look at some more general questions:
Why do you think Cadbury are doing this?
What are the benefits for them? And for the farmers?
Do you know any other examples of large companies running such projects?
Should such large companies be doing more?

Please comment and share your opinions. Thanks!


1 20%
2 Ghana
3 solar
4 Run health clinics, cool medicines, light surgeries, allow children to study after school.
 £2.3m (yes, that's how we write 'two point three million pounds'. The symbol comes first and m = millions)

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