African woman harvesting coffee

An African woman brings coffee she’s
harvested to the market. If this coffee is
sold as fair trade, she will be guaranteed a
fair wage for her crop.

What is fair trade?

Fair trade is a movement dedicated to providing third world farmers with a fair wage for the crops they grow and sell. The fair trade movement involves products like coffee, tea, cocoa and bananas. For more than a decade, much of the movement has focused on coffee.

Under the majority of coffee trade, very little of what consumers pay for coffee, often less than 10 percent, reaches the farmers who grow the beans. With the fair trade system, the partnership between consumers and producers would be equitable and fair, guaranteeing workers a fair wage for the coffee they grow.

© 2006 by Mesa Johnson
E-mail me at mmjohnson2@stthomas.edu