Armagh City and District Council are actively supporting and promoting Fairtrade with an aim to achieve Fairtrade status in the near future.  In order to achieve this status the Council is carrying out an audit to identify the support of current Fairtrade products within the City and District.

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

Why is Fairtrade needed?

  • Two billion people exist on less than $2 (£1.35) a day.
  • Small-scale producers cannot plan for tomorrow, let alone the future, with constantly changing commodity prices, volatile markets and unfair trade rules.
  • Rising food and fuel costs are hitting the poorest hardest – 100 million more people are in extreme hunger as a result of a global food crisis.
  • The effects of climate change and erratic weather patterns mean reduced harvests and an uncertain future for many communities in the developing world.

For more information visit www.fairtrade.org.uk

What is the Fairtrade certification mark?

This mark is an independent consumer label which can only appear on products from the developing world which meet Fairtrade standards.  It guarantees that the producer receives a minimum price for their goods that covers their average costs of sustainable production.

These international standards were established to support the sustainable development of small-scale producers and agricultural workers in the poorest countries in the world.  It certifies products and not companies.

How can you become involved?

To become involved or to receive more information on what the Council is doing to become a Fairtrade City then email info@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk and put in the subject line “Fairtrade”.