Skye retains Fairtrade status

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Steering group members Peter and Gill Roberta and Becky Smith with the ‘thank you’ pack sent out to all individuals and organisations who participated in the campaign

Skye has successfully renewed its Fairtrade status for the second year.

The island was first awarded Fairtrade status in March 2015 in recognition of the strong support within Skye and the achievement of five qualifying goals. These included the wide availability of Fairtrade products in local shops and catering outlets and high levels of support from local people, businesses, Highland Council, faith groups and schools.

A ceilidh was held recently in Broadford to celebrate Skye’s continued Fairtrade status.

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Skye Fairtrade steering group spokeswoman Gill Roberts said: “Thanks to all who have supported us this year. We hope you all continue to enjoy eating, drinking, serving and wearing Fairtrade products. Huge thanks to Linn Bird who took on the massive task of collating all the required data.”

Adam Gardner, communities campaigns manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, added: “We’re so pleased that the Isle of Skye has renewed their Fairtrade status and laid out clear exciting goals to take Fairtrade further.

“Thanks to the ongoing support of the public and campaigners, 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.”

A bag pack in aid of Skye Fairtrade is planned for Friday 19th August in the Broadford Co-op.

Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers ensure they earn stable incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest as the farmer-owned co-operative democratically chooses, in projects that will benefit their business or community. To get involved in the Fairtrade campaign on Skye see skyefairtrade.co.uk or email martinbird@waitrose.com