Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Fairtrade near and far

Businesses, organisations and community groups from across Solihull will be gathering together next week to mark national Fairtrade Fortnight.

Solihull was awarded ‘Fairtrade Borough’ status at the end of last year after over 200 shops, businesses, faith groups, schools and community organisations signed up to serve or sell Fairtrade products such as tea, coffee, sugar, wine and cotton products.

Fairtrade helps to ensure that disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries are treated fairly and get a better deal for their products.

Fairtrade Fortnight takes place nationally from 28 February – 13 March. On Monday 7 March, Solihull Council will be hosting a special event for local organisations where they will get the chance to meet a Fairtrade producer from Ghana and hear from Dr Matthew Anderson from Birmingham University who will be giving an insight on how to ‘sell’ the idea of Fairtrade to others.

Young people from Lyndon School and Arden School and Language College will also be presenting films on the Fairtrade activities taking place in school and elsewhere in the borough.

For more information about Fairtrade in Solihull, email Andrew Greenall at: agreenall@solihull.gov.uk or call 0121 704 8337.

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