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Fair Trade 101

The fair trade idea is trying to overcome the premises that small-scale farmers and workers are among the most marginalized by the global trade system. The size of each individual farmer's plot or individual workers economic output prevents any bargaining power beyond the local markets. They tend to work for or sell their products at very low prices to local wholesalers and tend not to participate in the value chain between farming and consumer. As a result, they tend to be poor, under-educated, living in community often lacking basic infrastructure and medical care. In order to help these local, small farmers and their communities, a higher percentage of the value chain needed to be allocat

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