University of Chichester students help to fight world poverty

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THE University of Chichester will be helping to fight poverty for at least another two years after its Fairtrade status was extended.

Students and staff have been working towards the award by raising awareness of the foundation, which aims to improve working conditions for farmers and labourers in developing countries.

The university was first granted the status in 2009, before it was renewed in 2011 because of its commitment to selling Fairtrade food, drinks and clothing in its on-campus shops.

Ian Child, deputy vice-chancellor, said: ‘As one of the largest organisations in West Sussex, it is important we raise awareness of Fairtrade to ensure a better future for producers in the developing world. Thousands of students and staff pass through our doors every year and each one is a potential ambassador to go out and spread the word about the foundation.’

The university was recently ranked among the top eco-friendly institutions by the People and Planet Green League.