Fairtrade is an independent certification system that offers farmers and workers in developing countries improved deals and terms of trade, giving them an opportunity to better their working and living conditions, plan for a brighter future and create greater opportunities for their families and local communities.
Fairtrade provides farmers and workers in developing countries with a fair price (the Fairtrade Price) for their produce, helping protect them from damaging fluctuations in world market prices.
They also receive an additional sum of money (the Fairtrade Premium) for investment in social, economic and environmental development in their community, such as educational and medical facilities.
Fairtrade is the only certification scheme that sets out to tackle poverty and empower producers in developing countries. Today, more than 1.4 million farmers and workers in 74 countries benefit from the unique, independent Fairtrade system.