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.
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.
Fairtrade in school
- Check out these great Fairtrade teaching resources for schools.
Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world.
Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and easy fundraising event where people get together at home, work, school, and in their communities to enjoy some Fairtrade goodies and raise money to help people lift themselves out of poverty.
An opinion piece from Oxfam's Executive Director Barry Coates, as published in the New Zealand Herald on February 21, 2014