What is Fairtrade?

Coobana cooperative, Changuinola, Panama. Photo © Eduardo Martino

Fairtrade 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.

What is a Fairtrade Town?

Fairtrade Town campaigns have a set of goals and receive a certificate of congratulation from the Fairtrade Foundation when they are achieved. Once a local community declares its status as a Fairtrade Town (or university or faith group) it must be committed to continuing campaigning and awareness raising. Fairtrade Chesham group is very proud to have been the first in Buckinghamshire – in 2005.