A Ugandan woman who's farm was destroyed by a landslide visited the Tabernacle Baptist Church as part of the annual Fairtrade Fortnight.

The annual event, which supports farmers who grow food in developing countries, took place from Monday February 24 to Sunday March 8.

Jenipher Wettaka Sambazi, a coffee farmer from Uganda, told her story during a talk at the Tabernacle Baptist Church.

She told the congregation how the changing climate had resulted in unreliable seasons which were a danger to farmers such as herself.

Last year, excessive rain caused a landslide that washed away her coffee bushes and killed friends in their homes.

She has since been supported in restoring her farm with Fairtrade premiums.

Cathie Jackson, chair of the Dinas Powys Fairtrade Group, said: “Farmers are at the brunt of climate change.

"They need help to adapt to the changing climate and to find ways to farm which protects and benefits their local environment.

"The message from Jenipher is to look for the Fairtrade logo, and that buying Fairtrade is an essential part of our response to combat climate change."

The talk took place alongside several other events in schools and churches throughout Penarth.

Both St Andrews Major and Dinas Powys Primary schools held coffee breaks for parents.

In St Andrews Major school the Eco-Committee drama reminded parents that farmers can only work to protect their environment if they first have their basic needs met.

Dinas Powys Baptist church marked St David’s Day with a Fairtrade Welsh Cake competition.

Joshua Humphreys, the winner, included both Fairtrade Earl Grey tea and Fairtrade sugar in his cakes.

Cathie continued: "Only Fairtrade guarantees the farmer a minimum price so they and their family don't go hungry, and a premium which they can choose to use as a community on improving their farming methods or for schools, water pumps, and health care.

“It also guarantees decent working conditions, no slavery and care for the environment.

"The benefits of Fairtrade to farmers and the number of farmers who can benefit are limited only by how much of their crop they are able to sell on Fairtrade terms.

“The school children are reminding us all that we need to keep on buying Fairtrade products, to make a sustainable difference to those who grow our food and to our environment.

"The new Welsh curriculum will develop our children to be ethical, informed citizens.

“Fairtrade challenges us to consider how the choices we make when we go shopping affects the lives of farmers below the poverty line many miles away, and on the rainforests of Africa and Latin America."