• Wood-carvers of Oaxaca
  • The UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, 2016-2030
  • Mariana Cobos (in blue), Fair Trade banana producer in Ecuador

WELCOME to Mankato Fair Trade

  WELCOME to Mankato - the first Fair Trade Town in Minnesota (declared October 24, 2011)! - and to the work of Mankato Fair Trade.

MFT (formerly MAFTTI) has, since June 2009, promoted Fair Trade in our part of the Minnesota River Valley, about 83 miles south-west of the Twin Cities. Our main focus has been on the major retail center of Mankato (40,000). MFT also tries to engage those interested in Fair Trade in North Mankato (13,000) and St.Peter (11,000). 

To read Mankato's Fair Trade journey, click here.



Fair Trade October


October is Fair Trade Month, a month to look at what we're buying, where it comes from, and how it affects the people and planet. When you buy fair trade products, you know that you’re making a positive impact on the world and using your purchasing power to support farmers and workers who deserve to enjoy sustainable livelihoods.


Fair Trade Facts:

  1. Whole Foods Market is the leading retailer in Fair Trade offerings.
  2. There are over 1.66 million farmers & workers in Fair Trade certified producer organizations.
  3. There are 1,411 Fair Trade certified producer organizations in 73 countries. 

In the Mankato area use this shopping guide to find fair trade products.


For a U.S. Directory, state by state, of brick & mortar stores selling fair trade products, click here.


For online shopping, see these shopping guides.



 Join the conversation online by using the hashtags #FairTradeSolidarity and #FairTradeMonth


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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
 Martin Luther King Jr.

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