Today in a global recession we are all to often looking to cut our out goings and try to survive this ecconomic troubles  most of us are feeling.  however in our world that is has more than enough resorses for all of us to sustain a decent way of life its seem sad that so many people around the world face aject pverty and hardships fairtrade charitys are trying to make the world a little fairer by giving farmers a decent price for there produce instead of what happens all to often large fat cat companies are exploiting the farmers and forsing them into the ground paying them a pitence for there produce in a world that is constantly on the go seem no one ever sleeps working more and more and large companies taking more and more, Fair trade gives a set of rules, guides that the buyer has to adhere to also the seller to make there produce work for them ie less pestasides on produce. This gives the farmers more room to make money to build better comunities and the buyer to make a more considered purchase making money for themselves and helping others making money also, Surley this is a better way forward for us all and iam surprised its not just common practice by now. although us the conusrmer has to pay a little more for the products coffee or bananas or what ever the product it is in fact only a few pence on each item and i would argue that it fairtrade was adopted by all then the price would just be the same as the knock on effect from busness thriving is that we all are better off.

FAIRTRADE OUTLINED

The Fairtrade minimum price is the minimum price that a buyer of Fairtrade products has to pay to a Producer Organisation for their product. It is not a fixed price, but should be seen as the lowest possible starting point for price negotiations between producer and purchaser. It is set at a level which ensures that Producer Organisations receive a price which covers the cost of sustainable production for their product. This means it also acts as a safety net for farmers at times when world markets fall below a sustainable level. However, when the market price is higher than the Fairtrade minimum,the buyer must pay the market price.

Producers and traders can also negotiate a higher price, for example on the basis of quality, and for some products, FLO also sets different prices for organic crops, or for particular grades of produce.

The standards also allow producers to request partial pre-payment of the contract. This is important for small-scale farmers’ organisations as it ensures they have the cash flow to pay farmers at the time they deliver their crop. Buyers are also required to enter into long-term trading relationships so that producers can predict their income and plan for the future.The Fairtrade premium is a sum of money paid on top of the agreed Fairtrade price for investment in social, environmental or economic development projects, decided upon democratically by producers within the farmers’ organisation or by workers on a plantation.

The premium is fixed by the FLO Standards Unit in the same way as the minimum price and remains the same, even if the producer is paid more than the minimum price for the product. The premium fund is typically invested in education and healthcare, farm improvements to increase yield and quality, or processing facilities to increase income.

FAIRTRADE STANDARDS

minimum requirements that a producer organisation must meet in order to be certified and progress requirements in which the certified organisation must demonstrate permanent improvement over time. For example, a minimum requirement is a ban on the use of agrochemicals in the FLO list of prohibited materials. A progress requirement is the ongoing reduction in the use and toxicity of permitted agrochemicals. In this way, the standards enable poorer, more vulnerable farmers to enter the system, while supporting them to gradually improve their practices. It is recognised that the degree of progress depends on the level of economic benefits the organisation receives from Fairtrade and on the specific context of each organisation.

The first town to achieve Fairtrade status was Garstang in 2000 – it has since been joined by more than 450 other towns. There are also 100 Fairtrade Universities, 3,000 schools, more than 5,000 Fairtrade Churches, 40 Fairtrade Synagogues and one Mosque.

Fairtrade bananas now account for 1 in 4 bananas sold in the UK.

Since the introduction of Fairtrade certified cotton in 2005, annual sales have risen from a humble 200,000 to a marvellous 7.79 million in 2008.

videos for fairtrade below:

http://www.soniassmile.com/

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/?pscid=ps_ggl_GR_Brand-High+Vol&gclid=CO-mptPJ86wCFZQhtAod60O2MQ

http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/what_is_fairtrade/facts_and_figures.aspx

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