Fairtrade is an ethical certification whose main aim is to promote more equality and sustainability in the farming sector. A product that carries the Fairtrade Certification Mark has met the rigorous Fairtrade Standards, which focus on improving labour and living conditions for farming communities and on promoting a way of farming that doesn’t harm either people or the environment.
In response to the numerous consumer queries about where to buy Fairtrade products, Fairtrade South Africa has launched the world’s first Fairtrade Webstore - an online platform where consumers will be able to shop their favourite products with the world’s most recognised and trusted ethical label.
The extra money paid to farmers and workers who are certified as Fairtrade has risen above the €100 million mark for the first time, according to new figures released today.
EU funds a Fairtrade South Africa project to increase awareness of, and access to, sustainable consumerism in SA.
Agriculture is an industry under strain with a severe drought crippling production, the depreciation of the Rand, investor uncertainty and more. There are trends that have been exerting influence on the industry for years and new trends emerge as markets move and change fast.
Alvercia Juries (26) is not only the first person in her family and her community to attain a tertiary qualification, she is also the very first amongst those belonging to South Africa’s network of Fairtrade-accredited farms.
With just a few days until the crucial climate change talks start in Paris, Fairtrade producers from Latin America and Africa are preparing to travel to COP21 to make the voice of smallholders heard in the debate. They will be joining the call for a binding climate deal, sharing the resourceful ways they are finding to adapt and calling for more
The South African Fairtrade Sugar Project launched in 2014 and we can expect to see the first crop of cane sugar obtaining Fairtrade certification in late 2015 and, in addition, the first local company utilising locally produced Fairtrade certified sugar.