It’s so easy – just look for the FAIRTRADE Mark on a range of great tasting foods.
It tackles poverty by opening up markets to marginalised producers.
The Fairtrade price covers the producers’ costs, with a premium to invest in their business and the community.
Workers and farmers decide democratically how to invest the Fairtrade premium.
It empowers producer and worker groups in the supply chain and increases their knowledge of international trade.
Fairtrade farmers are encouraged to protect their environment or go organic.
Consumers show they care about producers and not just about prices.
It challenges all companies to move away from unsustainably low commodity prices and unethical sourcing.
Fairtrade sends a loud message to governments that the public wants justice in all trade.
It’s trustworthy. Look for the FAIRTRADE Mark to guarantee that producers in developing countries are getting a better deal.
Fairtrade works to benefit small-scale farmers and workers through trade rather than aid to enable them to maintain their livelihoods and reach their potential.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.
It’s about supporting the development of thriving farming and worker communities that have more control over their futures and protecting the environment in which they live and work. And it’s your opportunity to connect with the people who grow the produce that we all depend on.
When you buy products with the FAIRTRADE Mark, you support farmers and workers as they work to improve their lives and their communities. The Mark means that the Fairtrade ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects.
Our current food system is out of control for farmers, consumers and companies. Too many farmers are going hungry while the rich world is consuming too much. Supermarkets are trapped by their own low prices which prevent them from investing in farmers and paying them fair prices.
Make Food Fair calls for a sustainable food system, which works for everyone and ensures that farmers can get a decent livelihood from the crops that they grow.
Why not try this Fairtrade recipe:
Serves 4 Time prep 20 mins Time cook 45 mins
4 ripe Fairtrade bananas
140g (5oz) unsalted butter, softened
250g (9oz) light soft brown Fairtrade sugar
250g (9oz) self-raising flour
225g (8oz) raisins or 200g Fairtrade dark chocolate broken into small chunks
Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, gas mark 4. Lightly grease a 23cm (9in) square cake tin.
Mash 4 ripe bananas, peeled in a bowl, using a fork. Beat in 140g (5oz) unsalted butter, softened, 250g (9oz) light soft brown sugar, 2 eggs and 250g (9oz) self-raising flour, sifted, until well blended. Stir in 225g (8oz) raisins or 200g Fairtrade dark chocolate chunks.
Spoon into prepared tin and level surface. Bake for 40–45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 4 Remove from the heat. Allow to cool for a minute then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!