Caribbean News Now reports that Belfast unveiled its larger road signs on main routes, proclaiming the city’s status as a Fairtrade City and Borough. This “marks the ongoing commitment to developing world farmers, specifically from the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa.”
These road signs highlight not only the accomplishments of the capital but the regional campaign to make Northern Ireland a Fairtrade devolved region. This regional campaign: http://www.northernirelandfairtrade.org is where central and local government, educational institutions, places of worship, businesses, workplaces, charities and larger civic society have pledged their commitment to support Fairtrade fulfilling the required criteria on a regional level, through procurement and purchase of Fairtrade products, for hospitality and meetings as a minimum.
Fairtrade global sales now exceed £4.4 billion, with approximately half of these sales coming from the United Kingdom and Ireland, directly benefitting developing world farmers and producers. [. . .]
[Photo above: Dr. Christopher Stange, Hon. Consul for St.Vincent and the Grenadines to Northern Ireland and Secretariat for Stormont Parliament All Party Group on Fairtrade.]