October is Fair Trade Month
You’ve probably all seen these labels on products in the grocery store and in specialty markets: Fair Trade, Fair for Life, World Fair Trade, Fair Trade Federation. What they have in common is a focus on the worker with the aim to promote equitable trade. It seeks to help producers in developing countries and covers coffee, cocoa, tea, wine, sugar, bananas, flowers and even handicrafts. It has 4 key goals:
- To pay farmers a decent, living wage.
- To create direct trade links to farmers, bypassing exploitative middlemen.
- To provide access to affordable credit.
- To promote sustainable practices, such as organic farming, that help protect the environment.
In the tea industry, Makaibari Tea Estate was used as a model in the early 1990s to test and develop fair...
Sep 30, 2018
Written by Anupa Mueller