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.
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.
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).