Fairtrade Italy, a member of the global Fairtrade system, is participating at Expo Milano 2015 with events and meetings and specific activities in the Cocoa and Chocolate Cluster, drawing attention to the economic, social and environmental aspects of production in developing countries.
Empowerment is the focus of our participation: we raise awareness about producers and workers conditions in Asia, Africa and Latin America, showing how our system can bring added value to strengthen the capacities and support sustainable development. At the same time we promote the central role they can play in assuring human rights, better working conditions, and environmental protection. Fairtrade strives to create a balance between all aspects of food production and distribution – economic, social and environmental.
Fairtrade is a global organization with 28 members working to secure a better deal for farmers and workers. It is an alternative approach to conventional trade based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fairtrade International is the leading organization for the network.
The internationally-agreed Fairtrade Standards are developed through a collaborative process involving farmers and workers, traders and businesses, and other stakeholders. Producer organizations and traders are certified according to these Standards and when farmers can sell as Fairtrade, it can provide them with improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to plan for their future and improve quality of life according to their priorities. For consumers, Fairtrade offers a powerful way to reduce poverty through everyday shopping with a wide choice of products that carry the FAIRTRADE Marks.
Currently there are more than 1.5 million small-scale farmers and workers in Fairtrade certified producer organizations in 74 countries across Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa & the Middle East, Asia & the Pacific. Fairtrade certified products are sold in 125 countries, and the sales of Fairtrade certified products in 2013 reached €5.5 billion.
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