Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable
development by offering better trading conditions to,
and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and
workers – especially in the South.
Fair Trade organizations have a clear commitment to
Fair Trade as the principal core of their mission. They,
backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for
changes in the rules and practice of conventional
international trade. They can be recognised by the
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"AID FOR TRADE - Is the EU helping small producers
to trade their way out of poverty?"
The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) and the Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO) have issued a new publication entitled 'Aid for Trade: Is the EU helping small producers to trade their way out of poverty?'.
Key conclusions of this study are:
- Aid for Trade needs to support growth that is pro-poor
- Supporting small producers is key
- A role of small producers in policy making is essential
- Lack of consistent focus on small producers by the European Commission (EC) and key European Union Member States
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FAIR TRADE SOUTHERN PARTNERS
WFTO has more than 350 members all over the world,
most of them based in the Southern regions. Besides its
global office, WFTO has five regional networks, four of
them are legally constituted:
- COFTA in Africa
- WFTO Asia
- WFTO in Latin America
- WFTO Europe
North America and the Pacific Rim are informally organized
as a region. At the moment, WFTO Europe is working on a strategic thinking to initiate the definition of a possible
future framework and work-plan for producer assistance, regional assistance programs (supporting the Southern FTOs/producers and IFAT regions fostering inter-regional cooperation).
The WFTO is a global authority on Fair Trade. Membership
of the WFTO is limited to organizations that demonstrate a 100% Fair Trade commitment and apply its 10 Principles of
Fair Trade. WFTO members who are monitored against
these Principles are listed in the FT100 index of world-leading Fair Trade brands, businesses and organisations.
The WFTO represents Fair Traders from grassroots through
to the G8 and is the authentic voice of Fair Trade, having
driven the movement for 20 years. It is the only global
network whose members represent the Fair Trade chain
from production to sale.
Read more on WFTO Global website