What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is a global network of producers, traders, marketers, advocates and consumers focused on building equitable trading relationships between consumers in the developed countries and producers in the world's most economically disadvantaged places, such as cooperatives, women's groups, farmers and artisans. While providing development opportunities in the Global South, Fair Trade works to raise awareness among consumers in the Global North about the realities of the producers, and to encourage them to use their purchasing power positively. (Source: Fair Trade Federation) Read about the 10 Principles of Fair Trade.
Why Fair Trade?
In today's world economy, where profits rule and small-scale producers are left out of bargaining process, farmers, craft producers and other workers are often left without hope for their future. Fair Trade helps exploited producers escape from this condition as a way to maintain their traditional lifestyles with dignity. (Source: Global Exchange) Sunbula strives to provide Palestinian craft producers a direct access to consumers in the Global North by marketing their products through our fair trade stores in Jerusalem and online shop.
What are Fair Trade products?
Fair Trade encompasses a range of goods, from agricultural products such as coffee, chocolate, tea and bananas, to handicrafts such as clothing, household items and arts. They are produced and distributed by producer groups, wholesalers and retailers who uphold the Fair Trade principles. Agricultural products that fulfill strict Fair Trade criterion can be identified by the “Fair Trade Certified” label, approved by the international Fair Trade labeling organizations such as TransFair and Fair Trade Labeling Organization.