Small diversion from the plants here – an uplifting, if possibly simplistic, video clip from Good about the effect of fair trade and appropriate aid on a Rwandan coffee-growing community. Instead of carrying heavy bags of coffee on their heads, farmers now transport them on specially adapted bicycles.
To Western readers, $120 for a bike might not sound like much but I expect it’s at least several months’ salary for some of those farmers. The CIA World Fact Book says 60 per cent of Rwandans live on less than $1.25 a day. What do we pay for semi-skimmed latte in London or New York? $3?