This week we are munching on Nicaraguan chocolate covered cashews – delicious. They’re courtesy of Mei Mei and Dan who are braving the cold back in London after a week in the hot sun visiting farmers and factories with our shareholder producer co-op, in beautiful Nicaragua. The good news is that our Nicaraguan peanut harvest is in for this year and it’s a decent one – the peanuts are now safely stored ready to be shelled, cleaned and shipped over to us.
This year’s annual gathering of Seed Fest 2017 (22-26 January) hosted by the Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK) – Liberation’s cashew producer and shareholder – will be a focused effort geared to displaying, exchanging and preserving a wide and colourful selection of seeds, planting material, indigenous livestock, medicinal plants as well as indigenous and wild trees. Created as a platform to share experiences and knowledge related to the preservation and propagation of indigenous seeds, the festival gives FTAK a vital voice to demonstrate their innovative way of farming which is small scale, market-embracing and sustainable.
As part of our feasting season we wanted to share with you some typical dishes enjoyed by some of our nut producers.
December kicks off the last in our ‘Liberating Lives’ 2016 season with our feasting theme – a time to get inspired by hearty seasonal produce and the sentiment of the festivities.
This week we’re talking hard money. As the news hits of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to remove 85% of bank notes from circulation the people of India have just 50 days to exchange their current notes for new ‘legal tender’.
17th November is Social Enterprise Day – an opportunity for the 70,000 social enterprises across the UK to shout about the good work they’re doing and the difference they’re making.