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[UK Fairtrade Foundation] Fairtrade and trade justice

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작성자 해원협 작성일08-04-01 12:45 조회897회 댓글0건

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The huge growth of the Fairtrade movement is sending a clear message. Consumers want to see producers in developing countries receive a fair deal. But international trade rules are weighted against poor countries, keeping billions of people trapped in poverty.


Fairtrade and trade justice




Fairtrade shows that trade can be a means out of poverty if the conditions are right. Seven million disadvantaged producers, workers and their families are benefiting from Fairtrade, but they and millions more still remain at the mercy of unfair international trade rules. That’s why we need to do more than buy Fairtrade products – we also need to campaign for trade justice.

The fact that Fairtrade has allowed producers to transform their lives, also shows that the current system of trade is not working.


  • The price of coffee didn’t plummet in recent years simply due to oversupply: oversupply was created when dozens of countries were forced to move into cash crops as a condition for loans from the World Bank.

  • The price of sugar hasn’t hit rock bottom simply because of an oversupply: oversupply was created by trade rules allowing huge subsidies to be provided to American sugar producers.

  • Windward Island bananas haven’t struggled to compete with dollar bananas from Latin America because their production is too expensive but because production costs in Latin America have been pushed down through aggressive use of pesticides and exploitation of labour.

What you can do




While we support fair trade through buying products with the FAIRTRADE Mark, we want to see our government, supporting fairer trade rules.


The Fairtrade Foundation is a member of the Trade Justice Movement – a coalition of over 80 organisations campaigning for trade justice - not free trade - with the rules weighted to benefit poor people and the environment. Read about the latest campaigns.