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Taylors of Harrogate supports African farmers
9:50am Thursday 1st November 2012 in Business news
TAYLORS of Harrogate is among the businesses supporting farmers in Africa to help them to bring more ethically traded products to international markets.
The Governmemt’s Food Retail Industry Challenge Fund (FRICH) grants will help African farmers by targeting some of the poorest communities and bringing them together with a range of businesses.
Taylors of Harrogate has recently completed a project in Rwanda, supported by FRICH, with the aim of improving the quality of both the tea being produced and the lives of those producing it.
Simon Hotchkin, sustainability manager at Taylors of Harrogate, said: “We have been buying Rwandan tea for over 30 years now, as at its best it has a unique liveliness and refreshing character that you just can’t find anywhere else in the world.
‘‘Our objective was to increase our support of the rejuvenation of the Rwandan tea industry by helping to raise standards of agronomy, production and social welfare.”
It will soon be embarking on two new projects supported by FRICH, working with Rwandan and Ugandan coffee grower