Fair Trade

MAFTTI uses a working definition of Fair Trade which is slightly adapted from that of Green America:
“Fair Trade is a system of exchange that honors producers, communities, consumers, and the environment. It is a model for the global economy rooted in people-to-people connections, justice, sustainability and accountability.”

This was what two MAFTTI members, Margo Druschel (April 2012) and Jane Dow (July 2013), wanted to learn more about and appreciate in Central America and the Caribbean.

Margo in the Dominican Republic                                                Jane (L) in  Oaxaca, Mexico
                                                                                 
Margo in DR      Jane in Oaxaca

 

 

 

 Similar expressions of the essence of Fair Trade are used by the major national and international organizations in the global Fair Trade Movement. Most have excellent information about the origins, scope, achievements and challenges of the Fair Trade movement. Click on a symbol for more information. 

Equal ExchangeFairtrade AmericaFairtrade Canada

Fairtrade Foundation - UK

Fairtrade International Fair for Life - IMOFair Trade Federation - USA  Fair Trade USA
Fair Trade Resource Network

 Fair World Project

  Global Exchange

Green America 

World Fair Trade Organization

In the face of growing complexity of certification the Fair World Project has published a valuable comparative "Eco-Social and Fair Trade Certifier Analysis".

Many Fair Trade Towns websites naturally feature information about Fair Trade.  Fairtrade Vancouver is particularly well presented with very clear explanations.

Fair Trade Past and Futures
The text of MAFTTI Chair Paul Renshaw's Kessel Memorial Lecture at Minnesota State University-Mankato, March 27, 2012, is here (PDF).