Fairtrade and Rio +20
As Rio +20 gets underway, Fairtrade calls for ethics to be at the heart of a greener economy.
Twenty years have passed since the first UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), yet the world continues to face enormous challenges. Over one billion people have no food to put on their tables. Approximately one third of the world's population still have no access to basic health services. Global CO2 emissions continue to rise and farmers are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change. Global financial and economic crises are a breeding ground for conflict.
Rio +20 presents a unique opportunity to change current consumption and production patterns. But at Fairtrade we know that sound environmental and social production practices can only be achieved when they are economically viable. Ethics must be at the heart of the move towards a greener economy.
We call on governments to:
- Promote the achievement of sustainable livelihoods through the payment of fair prices and the empowerment of small scale men and women producers as a keystone to achieve a sustainable and humane food system.
- Promote producers’ access to trade under Fair Trade conditions and facilitate access to schemes such as Fairtrade, which empower producers to trade their way out of poverty.
- Support the creation of an environment that allows Fairtrade producers to comply with market expectations in a greener economy through appropriate funding mechanisms (such as funding for adaption to climate change).