Pacific Islands Fair Trade producers in focus at trade event


Fairtrade ANZ will represent some of the most successful Fairtrade certified producer groups from the Pacific region at the inaugural Trade Pasifika event to be held in Nadi, Fiji during the last week of June. <!--more-->The Fairtrade booth will showcase commodities from the Pacific, which include Fairtrade and organic certified cocoa, coffee and vanilla.

Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers, offering producers a better deal, improving terms of trade and giving consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their every day shopping.

Fairtrade ANZ supports small-holder farmers in the Pacific to access the international Fairtrade market through its ‘Producer Support and Relations’ project, aimed at facilitating training in local languages, providing guidance on Fairtrade certification requirements, helping producers to gain access to new markets, facilitating relationships with buyers, liaising with support agencies, and promoting the development of a regional Fairtrade network.

Fairtrade enables Pacific based farmers, workers and their communities to grow and develop their businesses ensuring they can improve and sustain the livelihoods of their families and communities. More than 60,000 small producers in the Pacific are benefiting from the Fairtrade system, and this number is set to grow in coming years alongside the Fairtrade market in Australia and New Zealand, which in 2010 experienced a growth in sales of more than 400 percent from NZ$6 million in 2005 to NZ$36.6 million in 2010.