Scotland achieves Fair Trade Nation status

Costa Rican banana worker
Image caption Consumers are being encouraged to buy more Fair Trade products

Scotland has become a Fair Trade Nation after achieving its target of having all six cities and 18 of its 32 councils garnering fair trade status.

Scottish Fair Trade Forum director Martin Rhodes welcomed the news that it had followed Wales in becoming one of the first nations to have the accolade.

Fair Trade products are said to offer a better deal to workers in developing countries.

Mr Rhodes said it had a positive impact on their lives and their communities.

"Fair Trade premiums paid to producers have enabled them to enjoy higher and more stable incomes, especially when global prices were low," he suggested.

The remarks came as Humza Yousaf, the Minister for External Relations and International Development, formally announced that Scotland had met the criteria.

Mr Rhodes added: "Fair Trade Nation status is a celebration of what has been achieved and a platform to campaign for further change in global trade.

"It marks the success of the partnership between producers in the developing world and consumers and campaigners here in Scotland.

"While we have much to celebrate today, work must continue to keep the positive momentum to further embed Fair Trade values across all sectors of society."

By February, 62 Scottish towns had either achieved Fairtrade status or had active steering groups.

Almost two-thirds of higher education institutions and 171 schools had also achieved the standard.

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