How Fairtrade Works

Every person deserves to have the resources they need to live a safe, sustainable, healthy life where they get to choose their own path. Unfair trade makes this impossible for the farmers and workers that grow products Americans enjoy every day. That’s why we start with trade because it strikes at the heart of wealth inequality.

How does Fairtrade work?

Fairtrade puts more money into the hands of farmers and workers through a unique pricing model, sets and monitors rigorous standards at every step of the supply chain, supports producers through local and regional expert networks, and creates demand for ethical goods in countries like the US.

Why do we need fair trade?

Farming is the single largest employer in the world—two out of every five people farm. Yet, many farmers live on $2 per day. This is not enough. Poverty is the root of many social and economic injustices that people in agricultural and rural communities face.

This problem is not new. The injustices that farmers face exist because of historical inequalities and injustices, many of which were solidified during the Colonial era and continue to the present day.

The system basically uses trade as a tool, making trade fair to achieve a bigger dream, a bigger goal, and it's all about communities, about better living conditions, giving back to the farmers and putting them on the world map.

Gabrielle Oti, Papua New Guinea

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