In 2006, we decided to source Fairtrade sugar. We figured that with it being such an important ingredient in our sweet making, we should know where it comes from and how it is produced.
We now source our sugar from the Kasinthula Cane Growers in Malawi — one of the poorest countries in the world. Last year the Fairtrade social premiums they received from sales of Burnt Sugar paid for one of three boreholes to be dug — providing clean drinking water (reducing water borne disease) — as well as preventing crocodile attacks on the women as they collected water from the river (it’s the women’s job to collect water).
As well as receiving a guaranteed fair price for their sugar, the farmers also directly receive a set premium per ton of sugar, which is to be used for social projects like building a clinic or school, for example.
For more info about Fairtrade — see www.fairtrade.org.uk