Harrow becomes a Fairtrade borough

Harrow Times: Farmers Mercy Zaah and Mavis Aduigyamfi were invited to sell their products in Harrow as part of an Oxfam campaign Farmers Mercy Zaah and Mavis Aduigyamfi were invited to sell their products in Harrow as part of an Oxfam campaign

Months of spreading the message about Fairtrade products has paid off after the authority was awarded Fairtrade status.

Businesses, catering groups and restaurants – including Morrisons, Starbucks and Oxfam – all chipped in to help.

Harrow Mosque was the first mosque in London to be awarded Fairtrade status, followed by 20 other churches and synagogues.

Cllr Sue Anderson, who is responsible for community, culture and resident engagement, at Harrow Council, said: “This is fantastic news, and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed and helped the borough secure Fairtrade status.

“This just goes to show how communities, businesses and the council can work together to achieve something really positive. The work doesn’t stop here, we will continue our Fairtrade campaign and we hope to see more businesses and communities join the campaign.”

The borough’s campaign to become a Fairtrade council began in 2010 and was heavily supported by former mayor and councillor Nana Asante.

Various events have taken place over the past year as part of the campaign – including giving Ghanain farmers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come to London.

Mercy Zaah and Mavis Aduigyamfi were invited to sell their products in Harrow as part of an Oxfam campaign to raise awareness about what fair trade products mean to them.

The borough was officially awarded Fairtrade status last month.

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