It's official: Haringey is a Fairtrade Borough

Haringey has been declared a Fairtrade Borough in recognition of its commitment to supporting producers in poorer countries.

The seal of approval from the Fairtrade Foundation came on the eve of Fairtrade Fortnight – a national event aimed at raising awareness of Fairtrade. It follows several years campaigning by residents, members of the Haringey Fairtrade steering committee and Cllr Lorna Reith to persuade local people, community groups and businesses to follow Fairtrade principles.Fairtrade products guarantee a fair deal for farmers and producers of goods – including food and drink, arts, crafts and clothing – in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Poppy Pickard, chair of the Haringey Fairtrade steering committee said:"This is a real commitment for the borough. It's about saying that we stand in solidarity with these farmers who could otherwise be exploited.

"Cllr Reith said:"It is great news that Haringey has been declared a Fairtrade borough. It’s really important that we all build on this and do all we can to buy Fairtrade wherever possible and to help guarantee a fair price for producers."I hope that even more residents and businesses will now be encouraged to get on board."

We made lots of bunting in the borough for Fairtrade Fortnight 2010.  Here is some made by Stroud Green Primary School.

February 2011