According to the Fairtrade Foundation, Fairtrade is essentially about ensuring that producers in poor countries get a fair deal, for example:
Most of you have probably seen the Fairtrade mark, which is an independent consumer label that appears on products to guarantee that producers in the developing world are getting a fair deal. For a product to display the Fairtrade mark it must meet the international Fairtrade standards.
Fairtrade labelling is helping consumers play an important role to improve conditions for people in developing countries. Through buying Fairtrade products, you are buying direct from farmers at better prices. It's estimated that 1 million farmers are involved in Fairtrade, with millions more people directly benefiting from the investment in local communities that Fairtrade brings.
Fairtrade has really taken off over the last decade as consumer awareness of Fairtrade and the treatment of producers in poor countries have increased. More retailers are stocking Fairtrade goods than ever before, on everything from chocolate to tea and coffee, so there has never been a better time to buy Fairtrade.
Making trade fair
According to Oxfam, Fairtrade alone can't address the crisis faced by millions of small-scale farmers and producers who are threatened by low commodity prices and unfair competition from developed countries.
That's why Oxfam have launched a 'Make trade fair' campaign that seeks to address the following issues:
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