Good news for East Ayrshire who rung in the New Year as an official Fairtrade area, thanks to the efforts of the local Fairtrade Steering Group (pictured above)!
The Fairtrade Foundation announced their status in the last week of 2016, in recognition of their achieving the necessary support from consumers, the local council and wider community. “Delighted” Steering Group chair Charles Sim expressed the group’s goal of continuing to “spread the message that Fairtrade offers a great deal for local businesses and groups, while ensuring that farmers and communities thousands of miles away get a fair price for their goods and products”.
Adam Gardner, of the Fairtrade Foundation, welcomed East Ayrshire’s addition to the ever-growing network of over 1800 communities with Fairtrade status worldwide, highlighting how the expansion means “an increasing number of farmers in developing countries are now selling their products on Fairtrade terms, bringing them a stable income and the chance to trade their way out of poverty.”
East Ayrshire’s inclusion also marks the milestone of over 75% of Scotland’s local authority areas having been granted the status. Scottish Fair Trade Forum director Martin Rhodes hailed the news as a “great start to the year”, and as “excellent progress on our goal at the Forum to support every local authority area on their way to securing Fairtrade status".