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We believe fair trade helps reduce poverty in developing communities around the world. It goes beyond traditional aid structures and is often seen as a vehicle for transforming existing global distribution systems, which currently leave producer communities at a disadvantage.

Fair trade also represents a growing movement. To achieve its potential, it is crucial that its proponents not only maintain high expectations, but that they also work to improve its standards.

Our 2020 vision represents the CFTN’s collaboration...

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Fort McMurray Catholic Schools will be hosting their third Fair Trade Market at the Holy Trinity Catholic School on November 20.

The event has been hugely successful in the past, with fair trade products being sold out within two hours.

“We just did not expect the volume of people in that short amount of time,” said Reid in an article published in ...

With the holidays just around the corner, The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) encourages you to "shop your values" this season, with their new 2013 Holiday Guide!

You'll find lots of fair trade gift ideas and decorations that capture the spirit of the season. Products in the guide represent more than 50 FTF members dedicated to the people living in devloping communities around the world.

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["Education and Voice" was originally published in the Summer/Fall 2013 edition of Fair Trade Magazine.]

BY GLAUCE FLEURY

Take a snapshot of Piura—the region in northern Peru where farmers grow fair trade organic bananas—and compare it to 10 years ago; you’ll see huge social change. Literacy rates have improved remarkably, allowing many children from farming communities to attend post-secondary education. According to José María Lecarnaqué Castro, founder of the Central...

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On November 14, The Max Havelaar Foundation and Fairtrade International celebrated 25 years of the Max Havelaar Fairtrade Mark in Utrecht, Netherlands. After 25 years, the mark is what distinguishes Fairtrade certified products, and it has helped the industry grow. Fairtrade certification now represents more than 30,000 products and $6.78 billion in annual sales that go to helping 1.35 million farmers worldwide. 

How it began...

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