Fair trade is helping more and more producers in the developing world work their way out of poverty.
With many of the things we buy every day such as coffee, bananas, cotton and chocolate, just a tiny percentage of what we pay actually gets back to the growers. Multinational companies capture the lion’s share of profits from trade of these products and use their market power to push down the prices paid to growers. Growers are left struggling to feed their families or to send their children to school and sometimes to even cover their production costs.
But there is a fairer way. The fair trade way.
Buying Fairtrade Certified™ products makes a huge difference for producers. Check out how in the video below:
Buy fair trade
There is a growing range of fairly traded goods in New Zealand. As the taste, and price vary; try a few until you find some that best suit you.
To buy fairly traded goods shop at Trade Aid or look for the Fairtrade Label on products available from your local retailers, supermarkets and directly from coffee and tea wholesalers.
Oxfam's Morning Tea
Oxfam Morning Teas are easy to organise, fun and completely flexible to suit your location. Morning Teas can be hosted in your home, workplace, school, community hall, local park – wherever!
When you sign up to take part we send you a bounty of Fairtrade Certified™ goods to share with your family, friends and workmates at your event.
Money raised at your Morning Tea makes a big difference in the lives of people across the Pacific and Southeast Asia.
Early bird sign ups: Register by March 14, 2014 and be in with the chance of winning a year’s supply of fresh roasted Caffe L’affare coffee.
Links and resources
Want to find out more? This is the place for all the knowledge and know-how you need on Fairtrade.
An opinion piece from Oxfam's Executive Director Barry Coates, as published in the New Zealand Herald on February 21, 2014
In the lead-up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations in Singapore February 22-25, Oxfam New Zealand is calling on the New Zealand Trade Minister, Tim Groser to end the secrecy and make negotiating drafts publicly available. The scope of the TPPA is wide ranging and will be significant for generations to come, not just in New Zealand but particularly for poor and marginalised people in the developing world.
Oxfam's Executive Director Barry Coates writes to Trade Minister regarding TPPA negotiations