In this section, you may find new materials that have been published on the topic of ‘Fair Trade’ since the date of the event. We continually select major new publications and articles that add up to the policy points discussed in the briefing.

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Mars Bars Adds In The Sweet Taste of Fair Trade: Chocolate giant mars signs up to Fairtrade sourcing in UK, 03-03-2015

Last year, Fairtrade International developed Fairtrade Sourcing Programmes (FSP) for the key commodities of cocoa, sugar and cotton. The new model was designed with the aim to benefit and boost business for farmers, while also encouraging businesses to scale up their purchases of these commodities. Fairtrade Foundation UK recently agreed to introduce FSP cocoa and sugar this year and chocolate giant Mars. Was the first company to make a commitment to the Fairtrade Cocoa Sourcing Programme for the UK market. Fairtrade is now a well-known concept amongst all consumer, not merely most conscientious ones. It ensures that small-time producers get a better deal for their produce and making a better living. It has been estimated that more than 1.5 million people in 74 developing countries. Benefit from Fairtrade activities.

200 mayors support fair trade in post-2015 global goals for poverty eradication and sustainable development
Fairtrade Advocacy, 23-09-2013

The signees of the Fair Trade Beyond 2015 Declaration were unveiled today ahead of the United Nations’ event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This Declaration, which has been signed amongst others by the Mayors of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Seoul (South Korea), Paris (France) and Madrid (Spain), calls on world leaders to support Fair Trade in the post-2015 global sustainable development framework that will replace the MDGs, stressing that any new global framework must also be a fair one.

Fair Trade as “source of hope” for securing human rights in agriculture
Fairtrade Advocacy, 16-09-2013

On the occasion of World Fair Trade Day 2013 the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, released a Question & Answer (Q & A) paper titled “The contribution of Fair Trade to securing human rights in agriculture”, in which he praises the Fair Trade model as a “source of hope” for small-scale famers and states that this trading partnership “should become the norm rather than the exception, and it should be better supported by fiscal incentives and in public purchasing policies”.

Fair Trade making its way into Eastern African consumers markets
Fairtrade Advocacy, 16-09-2013

For the first time farmers from Africa, Asia and South America had an equal say in running the global Fairtrade movement at the Fairtrade International’s annual General Assembly, held in Germany on 12 June 2013. The new composition of the Board of Fairtrade International reflects producer equality in decision making. It comprises four producer representatives, four market representatives and three independent members. The new constitution also empowers the board to take global decisions on matters of systemwide relevance. Fairtrade is the first major development organization to pioneer such power-sharing between groups in the northern and southern hemisphere. Marike de Peña, vice-chair of Fairtrade International and director of the banana co-operative Banelino in the Dominican Republic, said the “unique” arrangement would help serve the interests of Fairtrade’s more than one million small farmers and their workers. She added: “This is what real empowerment is about.”
Previously growers and producers in the southern hemisphere had three out of 22 votes at Fairtrade International’s annual meeting, with the majority held by national Fairtrade organizations in the consumer countries of the wealthy north.

How Fair Is Fair Trade? – Kimberly Elliott
Center for Global Development, 15-01-2013

When you opt to buy fair trade certified coffee at the grocery store instead of uncertified, how much good are you doing? Kimberly Ann Elliott, draws on her recent policy paper, Is My Fair Trade Coffee Really Fair? Trends and Challenges in Fair Trade Certification, to tell why the answer may be more complicated than you’d think.

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