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Cadbury to make Fairtrade chocs

Ricky looks into Fairtrade

One of the UK's top-selling chocolate bars is set to become a Fairtrade treat later in the year, giving a boost to thousands of cocoa farmers in Africa.

Fairtrade products try to make sure farmers from poorer countries get the best price for their goods.

Cadbury said getting Fairtrade status for its chocolate would triple the amount of fairtrade cocoa it gets from Ghana, to about 15,000 tonnes a year.

In the UK and Ireland about 300 million bars of Dairy Milk are sold every year.

What is Fairtrade?

The move is part of the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership, which is a 45million scheme designed to help cocoa farming communities over the next 10 years.

Last year, about 700 million was spent on Fairtrade products, which also includes products like coffee, bananas and sugar, in the UK alone.