Birmingham will be recognised today for doing its bit to Make Poverty History as it receives a prestigious Fairtrade award.
The Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham Coun Peter Hollingworth (Con Edgbaston) will accept the Fairtrade City Status award at a special ceremony at the Orange Studio on Cannon Street in the city centre.
Barbara Crowther, from the Fairtrade Foundation, will present the award which recognises that Birmingham has passed a Fairtrade resolution. The award also recognises that Birmingham has Fairtrade products offered widely across the city and that the message of ensuring farmers are given a guaranteed price for their produce is activity promoted.
To demonstrate that Fairtrade is about more than just food, students from The George Dixon International School in Ladywood will model fairl- traded fashion from Pachacuti.
Fairtrade Association Birmingham is made up of Birmingham City Council, Midlands Co-op, Oxfam, Traidcraft, Jubilee Debt Campaign, The University of Birmingham's Ethical Trade Society, Starbucks and committed individuals.
FABs chairwoman Maggie Jo St John said: "It is brilliant that this vibrant multicultural city with so many links around the world has gained this award.
"Buying Fairtrade is one way each of us can improve the life of small producers and thus play our part in Making Poverty History."
For more information about FAB and Birmingham's Fairtrade City Status visit the website.