Who benefits from Fairtrade?
Every time you buy a fairly traded item bearing the distinctive Fairtrade Mark, you are supporting farmers in poor countries by ensuring that they receive a guaranteed fair price for their produce. This puts the producers in a stronger position in world markets.
Communities which are Fairtrade accredited receive a ‘social premium’ payment, which they use for the building and running of schools and health centres, the provision of clean water and sanitation as well as setting up community credit unions.
The growers and producers are committed to sustainable farming methods that avoid, as far as possible, the use of expensive and harmful fertilisers and pesticides.
A fairer world trading system leads to a real sense of partnership between producers and consumers. We benefit by buying quality products and knowing that we have helped improve the lives of poor communities.
To find out more about Fairtrade and the FAIRTRADE Mark, visit the Fairtrade Foundation website.