Small-scale farmers in the Global South not only form the backbone of our global food system, but according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, small farmers hold the key to doubling food production while mitigating climate change and alleviating rural poverty. Fair trade provides an important tool to keeping small farmers on their family’s land by providing access to ethical markets, that ensure fair prices without child or otherwise exploitative labor conditions.
Artisans in the Global South have been designing and crafting products for over 60 years to financially support their families and create a pathway to people centered development in their communities. Fair trade artisans and farmers are often part of the same families and communities, mutually supporting each other. Unlike agriculture products, fair trade crafts are not certified by 3rd party agencies, but are traded based upon fair trade principles and long-term trading relationships. Organizations trading in the Global North become members of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) or the Fair Trade Federation(FTF) to show their commitment to building fair trade relationships with artisan groups in the Global South.