How Much Do They Cost? How can these products be produced, packaged and transported for such a cheap price? Chocolate Coffee Sugar Banana
What is Fairtrade? Big companies have exploited small producers by forcing down the prices paid for food products such as beans and coffee. The reason why big companies have done this is because they want to be able to provide customers with products as cheaply as possible. As a result farmers and their families cannot afford decent housing, essential medicines or education. Fairtrade means paying farmers in the developing world a fair price for what they produce so that they can have more control over their lives, and improve their standard of living.
Fairtrade Questions 1.What is Fairtrade? 2.Do you think that people in richer countries should be willing to pay more money for Fairtrade products if they know the producers are getting a fairer price? Why? 3.Would your family be willing to buy Fairtrade products?
The Fairtrade Foundation awards a Fairtrade Mark to products that meet the following criteria: 1.The price paid for the product covers the cost of production. 2.Workers on plantations have decent wages, housing, and health and safety standards. 3.No child labour or forced labour is allowed. 4.A percentage of the money they earn is used by the producers to improve their living and working conditions. 5.Producers are treating the environment in a sustainable way. 6.Small-scale farmers, and workers on plantations, can join organisations that will help and support them such as trade unions. 7.Contracts make sure that there is long term planning for sustainable development. 8.Advance payment is given so that smaller producers wont be able to fall into debt. Draw the Fairtrade logo and copy out the Fairtrade criteria.
Fair Trade: The main way that we can tell that a product is a result of fair trade is by the fair trade logo printed on its wrapper. You can usually find a label like this one in the corner or on the back of the packaging!
Task: Design an advertisement for a Fairtrade product. Make it eye catching. Explain what Fairtrade means to the people who produced your product.
Extension: Write an article, for the school bulletin, about Fairtrade. The article should: Explain Fairtrade and why it is important to the producers. Encourage people to buy Fairtrade products despite the extra cost.