Ethical educators Fairandfunky have been selling rice to help Malawian farmers send their children to school.

The Holmfirth-based company, best known for its Fair Trade children’s workshops, has been selling Malawian rice at Holmfirth Market for the Harvest 90kg Rice Challenge.

Every 90kg of rice sold will pay for a year’s schooling for a child in the landlocked African country.

Malawi is one of the world’s poorest and least developed countries; it came 174th out of 187 countries in the UN Human Development Index survey this year.

Malawians must pay for their own education which is, most often, the only route out of poverty.

Fairandfunky has been selling Malawian long grain white rice which takes three months to ship from Malawi to the UK.

Helen Robinson, co-director of Fairandfunky, said: “It’s great rice; really good for risottos.

“And if we sell enough we can send a Malawian child to school for a year.”

Fairandfunky will be selling more ‘Kilombero’ Malawian rice at Holmfirth Market during Holmfirth Food and Drink festival, on Sunday September 28.

The group will also be running a Fair Trade craft workshop for children at the event.

Sophie Bebb, Fairandfunky co-director, added: “We hope lots of schools and community groups will join Fairandfunky in the challenge and buy lots of the delicious Kilombero rice.

“It would be such an achievement for our communities to work together to change the world for farmers in Malawi, enabling them to send their children to school.

“It’s amazing the changes that can be made, just by buying a bag of fairly traded rice.”

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