Certified Products
A certified product is one that meets standards for:
Fair price paid to the raw producer Fair price: Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
Fair wages and treatment to factory workers of a factory or farm Fair labor conditions: Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.
Direct trade linkages Direct trade: With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace
Avoiding use of biochemicals that hurt the employees and the product Environmental sustainability: Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.
What it is
The mission of Fair Trade is to create sustainable incomes for producers in developing countries by providing access to larger markets.  By reducing intermediaries between buyers and sellers of agriculture produce or manufactured items.  
A label
A buyer knows if they are buying a product that returns profit back to the producer when they see a Fair Trade Label on their product.  The central entity that certifies products as fair trade is Fair Trade Labeling Organization.  Under this umbrella, there are twenty national Fair Trade Labelers including:
http://www.fairtrade.net/ certifies for Europe
http://www.transfairusa.org/ certifies for the US
http://www.maxhavelaar.ch / certifies for Switzerland
http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/ certifies for the UK
Who lobbies, educates and participates for Trade
         Who gets involved in Fair Trade?
Consumers who buy Fair Trade Labeled goods from stores who purchase goods from fair trade, or lobbies for Trade issues that reduce poverty of farmers and reduces blockages for third world goods through laws made at World Trade Organization, the G-8 Summits and other decision making bodies.  Note below how students promoted the consumption of fair trade coffee, sugar and chocolate as well as met with world leaders to modify laws, Compliments of Bread For the World.
Throughout the travel, I will identify community products, farmer cooperatives, wholesalers, craft makers, artisans, farmers, added value processors, vendors and buyers that want to increase the producer’s margin and reduce the middlemen.

My passion during my work in assistance has been to cut out the middlemen.  In the cocoa cooperatives of the MEDA project where I first got acquainted with the cooperative marketing schemes, I learned that one sale of a twenty metric ton container of cocoa to a Canadian buyer was what we needed in order to pay a dividend to the farmers.  Later, I devoted myself to microfinance which is dedicated to cutting out the money lenders, or the heavy bureaucracies that get between borrowers and financing. 

Since Trade is an economic option to reduce poverty,  if you are a consumer, I invite you to learn about it, become conscious consumers, buying produce and products from farmers and producers.  If you are a producer, sell to the end consumer as efficiently as internet permits. 

I will provide in this page the linkages by category  from lobbyists on trade as it affects the hungry such as Bread for the World, to the certifiers: Fair Trade Labeling Organizations FLO and its affiliates world wide, lists of Traders and Lists of groups of producers.  

Fair Trade Bulk Buyers and Producers will also be provided.  Through the travel, I will identify communities with viable products and have them put their items for sale directly on this page or through the nearest reputable internet vendor for their type of produce, artisan work or added value processed items.    

Right now we can look for labels of Fair Trade only for coffee, chocolates, and a handful of crafts products.  In the US there are still not any specialty trade marks or Fair Trade super market aisles as there are in Europe.  Tomorrow my dream is that the trade mark of Fair Trade is as successful in the US as it is in Europe, and that fair trade labeling includes jeans, sweaters, sneakers, blouses coming in from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, China, Cambodia, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Panama and much more. 

Labels and Emblems


Max Haavelar Label

FLO Label

Transfair Label

Fairtrade UK Label



How to Buy
If you are a super market, seek out the following commodities sellers:

Products Needed by Commodity type and contact
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Producer Lists

Production Farms Cooperatives

How to Sell your produce or products

Traders Lists 

Schluter S.A. coffee@schluter.ch
 in Nyon Switzerland

Internet Sales Points of Fair Trade Items


Education Modules on Fair Trade

Fair Trade Overview.doc


Fair trade touches people because it makes so much sense.doc

Communicate with me at all times at

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