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Thoughts from September 2014

fruit towers under...attack?

We're being invaded by abseiling orange people. Send help.

Also, orange totally clashes with the cranberry in our logo so if this photo is used in the press after we're all dead would you mind editing that out? Cheers.

breakfast juice

Have you tried our new orange, pink grapefruit and blood orange juice yet? 

If not, we can highly recommend it. It packs a seriously citrussy punch that's best enjoyed at breakfast time (preferably on a tray, in bed, provided by a person you're quite fond of). 

We're pretty biased but it definitely beats a bit of Marmite* on toast.

*or your yeast-based brown stuff of choice.

a visit to Berhampur village

Covering 425 sq miles (1,100 sq km), the Chilika lagoon in India is the largest brackish water lake in Asia. Chilika is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a sandy ridge, with just a narrow channel connecting to the sea. Our Geraldine has been over there visiting Berhampur village on Chilika Lake, spending time seeing for herself the progress of a project supported by the innocent foundation, via Jeevika Trust

Berhampur

Geraldine met a group of women who have directly benefited from the project already. They've formed local self-help groups, and received training in how to make the most of their natural resources. They now have access to funds and pool their savings, which means that they've been able to do things they wouldn't otherwise have been able to do. They were keen to show Ge the different ways they were now able to make a living:

Some bring in money by cultivating crabs and prawns...

cultivating crabs on Berhampur Island

Cultivating crabs on Berhampur Island Cultivating crabs on Berhampur Island

…Some have improved their crop harvests by investing in vermicomposting...

vermicomposting

…and some are now cultivating cashew nuts, bananas or coconuts.

farming in Berhampur farming in Berhampur

You can read more about Geraldine's visit to Berhampur, and about some of the people she met, over on the innocent foundation's website.

women in Berhampur

brand new noodle news

Hands up if you like noodles. If that's you, we think you'll be interested in our latest recipe developments: we've tarted up our noodle pots, introduced two brand new recipes and smartened up the packaging while we were at it.

 

Get to the supermarket and try one soon: there's Malaysian LaksaVietnamese CurrySingapore Noodles and Japanese Yaki Udon, in Sainsbury's stores now and coming soon to Tesco. They're all perfect for lunch and ready in less than 5 minutes in the microwave. Delicious, nutritious and expeditious*. You can put your hand down now.

*It means quick.

Geraldine has been in India

Geraldine from our HR team has been in India visiting one of the innocent foundation's partner organisations, Jeevika Trust, and working on a couple of projects with them. 

Jeevika Trust was founded in 1970 as a non-religious, non-political UK charity, whose mission is to tackle the roots of poverty. Our Ge visited their ‘Eco-Berhampur’ project, based on an island where 80% of the population live below the poverty line ($US1 per day). The project aims to develop Berhampur village by empowering the villagers to make the most of their natural resources, and become economically and environmentally sustainable.

The innocent foundation was set up in 2004 and its aim is to help the world's hungry. The latest stats show that 1 in 8 people in the world suffer from hunger. The numbers are shocking: in India alone, over 7,000 people die of hunger every single day.

We'll be posting her full account of her trip over on the innocent foundation site over the next week or so: read part one now

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