21 April 2000

Speakers pledge

HOUSE of Commons speaker, the Rt Hon Betty Boothroyd has helped re-launch the "Send a Tonne to Africa" campaign with a personal donation of £3000.

Sixteen years after the last campaign raised £2.2m from British agriculture, charity organisation Farm Africa wants farmers to contribute £60 each – the equivalent of a tonne of wheat – or a smaller amount if they cannot afford that. This will help it provide food and build infrastructure in some of the poorest parts of Africa.

The campaign was launched with the help of Herts farmer Oliver Walston at the speakers residence in the House of Commons on Tuesday. It is also supported by Monsanto and Barclays Bank, which gave £3000, RASE, which gave £600, the NFU, the CLA and the Soil Association.

To make a donation: call 0500 340310, or send cheques payable to "Send a Tonne" to Freepost, FARM-Africa, LON 14108, London WC1A 2BR.