ON March 6 Wales YFC chairman Dafydd Jones chaired a YFC Montgomeryshire evening with an international and Fair Trade theme in Glantwymyn Community Centre.
Panel speakers comprised Ugandan Fairtrade coffee farmer Nimrod Wambette, who is the current chair of Mt Elgon Agroforestry Communities Cooperative and a committee member of Konokoyi Growers Coop; Llanidloes market garden owner Emma Maxwell; YFC Member, Project Coordinator & Fairtrade Representative, Ffion Storer Jones; Machynlleth Cooperative supermarket customer services manager Charlotte Mann; local farmer and Come Dine With Me TV celebrity Wil ‘Hendreseifion’ Evan and FUW head of policy Nick Fenwick.
During the evening a wide range of issues were discussed, including the loss
of young people from rural areas in Uganda and Wales, challenges affecting young
farmers in the Dyfi Valley, and the impacts of climate change, including on coffee farmers in Uganda, where the previously regular rains can no longer be relied upon after seeds are planted, leading to crop failure.