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Real Foods has been promoting and selling Fairtrade products since the issue first came to the public's attention back in the 1970s
Many people are aware that goods such as tea, coffee, chocolate and cotton can be bought with the Fairtrade mark, but there are many other interesting swaps to fairly traded goods that can also be made.
How about fairly traded Marmalade? Tuck into some delicious Fairtrade red kidney beans beans or enjoy sipping your red wine that has been traded with fairness.
Visit our shops for more interesting and exciting ideas or shop online using the Fairtrade filer at the left of the screen.
Fairtrade is a growing, international movement which ensures that producers in poor countries get a fair deal.
This means a fair price for their goods (one that covers the cost of production and guarantees a living income).
It means long-term contracts which provide real security.
For many it means support to gain the knowledge and skills that they need to develop their businesses and increase sales.
Fair trading is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
Whatever the price of the product on the shelf, only the FAIRTRADE Mark ensures that the producers have received what has been agreed to be a fairer price, as well as the social premiums to invest in the future of their communities.
The movement has been one of the most powerful responses to the problems facing commodity producers. It gives consumers an opportunity to use their purchasing power to tilt the balance, however slightly, in favour of the poor.
Buying Fairtrade makes a difference
Cocoa farmer Lucy Mansa talks about the change that trading on fair terms has made in her life
"We rely on the money we get from cocoa for everything: for food, clothes, medicines, and school fees. Getting payment for our cocoa beans used to be very hit and miss. When we didn't get paid, we went without. Kuapa Kokoo pays all its farmers a fair price for their crop, in cash, and on time. I am very happy: since I joined Fairtrade I can afford to send my children to school."
Like water for chocolate
As in many places, women and children in Lucy's village used to walk for miles to fetch water from rivers and waterholes, which were also used by animals. Disease caused by dirty water was common, and many children missed out on school because they had to spend so much time collecting water. Now, thanks to wells that have been built with money from the Fairtrade premium, people have safe, clean water right in the heart of their village.
"I'm very happy that we have this well. I have never seen clean water like this before. We want to sell more of our cocoa to Fairtrade companies so that we can invest in more things for the village." - Desmond Mensah, schoolboy