The Fairtrade Foundation was set up in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, WDM, Oxfam and Traidcraft. It is an independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK.
The Fairtrade Foundation was set up in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid,
WDM, Oxfam and Traidcraft.
It is an independent
that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK.
Fairtrade products include tea, coffee, cotton, rice, wine, pineapples, flowers, nuts, ice-cream, chocolate, fruit juice, biscuits, dried fruit, cereals, honey…
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The Windward Islands is a group of six islands in the Caribbean, including Martinique and St. Lucia.
In St. Lucia, the number of banana farmers fell from 10,000 in the early 1990s to 1,800 in 2005.
Fairtrade is helping the Windward Islands banana industry to survive.
In 2005, 29% of bananas exported were Fairtrade. In 2006 this figure was 72%.
Conrad James has been selling bananas into the Fairtrade market for over six years.
Most weeks he harvests around one hundred 18kg-boxes of bananas.
He has three sons who help him on the farm when they are at home.
Conrad feels that Fairtrade is helping to change peoples’ way of life and is encouraging them to stay in farming.
Fairtrade farmers receive a ‘premium’ – money for investment in social, environmental or economic development projects.
Conrad’s farm is part of the Roseau Model Farm Fairtrade Group in the west of St.Lucia.
During their monthly Fairtrade meetings, farmers discuss production and how to use their Fairtrade premium.
The Roseau Model Farm group have used some of their Fairtrade premium to build a new fence around the local school.
They also bought some fans for the local medical centre, which previously had nothing to keep patients cool in the tropical heat.
“Fairtrade must be something transparent… not just bringing economic benefits but social benefits, and recognising the injustices of the world trading system.”
Windward Islands Farmers’ Association
Unfair trade causes poverty. If world trade rules were fair, the Fairtrade Mark would not be needed!
The European Union (EU) is pushing for free trade rules that will harm small producers in developing countries.
YOU can help defend small producers.
Visit the Trade Justice Movement’s website to learn more.
…and use your own Fairtrade enterprise ideas to encourage others to do the same!