11 May 2014
Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their every day shopping.
Fairtrade’s vision is a world in which all producers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods, fulfil their potential and decide on their future. It is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
Fairtrade International is made up of member organisations around the world. Through Fairtrade Fortnight, Fairtrade Australia organises an annual, nationwide celebration of all things Fairtrade and the difference that choosing fair makes for millions of farmers and workers in developing countries.
Fairtrade Fortnight starts on 3rd May and runs through until Sunday 18th May.