March 8, 2015 | Leave a comment A chilly day in Dumfries didn’t prevent a great turn out to meet Charles Chavi, from the Kasinthula Cane Growers’ Association in Malawi, at the Dumfries Fairtrade Group’s event a the Bakers Oven on Saturday 7 March. During the day he met two local sweet makers who use Fairtrade sugar – a fudge maker in Auldgith in the morning, and at the Bakers Oven he met Wee Sweetie (http://www.weesweetie.com/) who presented Charles with a couple of bags of her delicious sweets – so Charles definitely knows that here in Dumfries and Galloway there is a great market for Fairtrade sugar. You can see a short film of his talk here Many thanks to Brian Taylor for that! Charles explained the potentially devastating effect that EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform could have on the livelihoods of cane sugar producers in the developing world – with the proposed ending on the cap on sugar beet production in Europe in 2017, the market for cane sugar will be hugely affected. This change could push 200,000 people in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries into poverty unless the EU acts quickly to protect them. For more information please go to http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/sugar and please email your MEP as soon as possible about this.