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What Is Fair Trade?

What Is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade means an equitable and fair partnership between marketers, primarily in North America and Europe, and producers in Asia, Africa, Latin America and other parts of the world.  A fair trade partnership works to provide low-income artisans and farmers with a living wage for their work.

Fair Trade in not the same as Free Trade

Fair Trade is an innovative, market-based approach to sustainable development. Fair Trade helps family farmers in developing countries to gain direct access to international markets, as well as to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace. By learning how to market their own harvests, Fair Trade farmers are able to bootstrap their own businesses and receive a fair price for their products. This leads to higher family living standards, thriving communities and more sustainable farming practices. Fair Trade empowers farming families to take care of themselves - without developing dependency on foreign aid.

  • Direct, Long-Term Relationships
    Importers of Fair Trade products and other fairly traded goods endeavor to establish long-term stable relationships with producer groups.

  • Creating opportunities for producers
    A strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development

  • Transparency and accountability
    Transparent management and commercial relations to deal fairly and respectfully with trading partners

  • Capacity building
    Develop producers’ independence.  Provide continuity, marketing advice and product development

  • Fair  / living wage
    Price agreed upon through dialogue and participation enabling production which is socially just and environmentally sound.

  • Gender equity
    Women’s work is properly valued and rewarded. Women are paid fairly.

  • No forced child labor
    If children participate in the production of goods, it is not at the expense of…
    Their education
    Their well-being (safe conditions)
    Their security
    Their play time

  • Environmental sustainability
    Sustainable environmental practices
    Responsible methods of production.
    Organic, shade grown


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Mango Tree Imports is a locally owned family business offering Fairly Traded art, gifts and a variety of merchandise from more than 70 different countries.  We are active members of the Fair Trade Federation as well as our community here in Ballston Spa, NY, where it is our mission to promote Fair Trade, Fair Trade Towns, USA, and appreciation of world artisans.  Our store offers products from Paraguay, Botswana, Guatemala and many other countries, so welcome to Mango Tree Imports: Bringing the World Into Your Home Through Fair Trade.

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