A fair trade cup of coffee has become a symbol of sustainability, and an essential part of the coffee experience.
Fair trade coffee can be found in coffee shops, coffee shops are now popping up all over the world, and a fair trade option is now on offer in more than 100 countries.
But where does fair trade stand on coffee and why should you care?
Fair trade means fair pricing, fair distribution, and fair labour practices.
Fair Trade is a global movement for fair and transparent trade in all its forms, including agriculture, food and environmental standards, consumer protection, intellectual property rights, and the rights of workers.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) estimates that over a third of the world’s population lives in developing countries.
Fair and transparent coffee trade is a key component of the trade agenda.
Fairtrade represents the best of both worlds for all, from farmers and consumers to retailers and businesses.
FairTrade coffee is free from all harmful additives and artificial colours and flavours.
Fair to the consumer Fair trade ensures that fair trade is delivered in a manner that minimises the costs of goods and services.
A fair price for all consumers, fair trade helps businesses compete on a level playing field.
The trade body Fair Trade International said in a statement, “fair trade is based on transparency, equitable distribution, fair labour, and environmental practices.
These practices support a fair price and a sustainable future for consumers and businesses.”
Fair Trade has helped many countries transition from using pesticides, chemicals, and fertilisers, which contribute to soil erosion, biodiversity loss, and climate change.
Fair coffee is also important in the fight against the spread of tropical diseases like malaria and Ebola.
Fair-trade coffee also provides an economic boost to communities and individuals.
According to the World Bank, about 25 per cent of all coffee produced in developing economies is exported.
The same is true in South Korea, where fair trade means consumers pay about $3.7 billion less for their coffee than in other countries.
That is an important factor for the country to be competitive with developing markets.
Fair trading is also beneficial for farmers, who must purchase fair-trade crops, which are more sustainable and more cost effective.
A number of factors are used to decide whether a coffee is fair-price or not, and in some cases, these factors are also used to determine if a coffee should be offered in a fair or unfair way.
For example, the price of a coffee depends on the level of coffee used in production and on the coffee beans, the type of processing and the type and level of packaging used.
It also depends on a number of other factors including the coffee’s market size, the coffee type, and its geographical location.
These factors can have an impact on the fair price.
According the ITUC, “in many countries, the market prices for coffee are set in terms of the amount of coffee produced, the level and type of coffee, and on which of the ingredients and packaging is used.”
The ITUC says it has been advocating for fair coffee prices in many countries since 2008.
In 2010, a group of independent coffee producers, including Fair Trade, established Fair Trade Coffee Association, to support fair trade in coffee.
“Today, fair-market pricing is being pushed through in many parts of the developed world and it is a critical tool in addressing the global challenge of the growing coffee demand and the challenges faced by farmers in developing and rural regions,” says Tim Tuckerman, executive director of Fair Trade.
Tuckeman is also an advocate for fair trade.
“Fair trade represents a great opportunity for our country, but it also presents a real challenge.
Fair is often perceived as being better than fair, but in practice it is often just the opposite.”
Tuckman says that in order to ensure fair trade, fair pricing and fair trade are linked, the International Trade Association (ITA) and the International Coffee Association (ICA) have worked together to improve the trade environment in the coffee industry.
The ITA and ICA have made a number new trade agreements, including the Fair Trade Agreement between the United States and Colombia, which was signed on November 18, 2020.
“The Fair Trade agreement has been very successful,” says Tuckmann.
“It has opened up a number more opportunities for coffee growers and retailers to export to other countries, which is a big boost for our industry.”
Fair trade is now being embraced by many countries around the world.
It has also helped bring about significant changes in the food and beverage industry, which has seen demand for fair-priced coffee grow from less than 1 per cent in 2010 to more than 20 per cent now.
“There are many positive effects for both farmers and the coffee sector, and these positive impacts are being felt in many more countries, including Brazil and South Africa,” says Michaela Sjöblick, managing director of the ICA.
“With more and more countries around us looking to the ITA to promote fair