Doha: Fairtrade response

31 July 2008

The Doha round which was launched in 2001, to make world markets fairer for poor countries, collapsed on 29 July 2008.

'The breakdown of the Doha talks is a significant blow for marginalized, smallholder farmers. An important opportunity has been lost. This comes as farmers are already under extreme pressure with high costs of inputs, transportation and local food,' says Rob Cameron, Chief Executive Officer, Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International.

'Fairtrade provides an alternative and sustainable model for trade that strengthens the position of smallholder farmers and workers in developing countries. A million and a half producers and workers throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America already benefit from the better deal that Fairtrade guarantees.

At the same time, Fairtrade gives consumers the opportunity to take responsibility for their part in trade through their shopping basket. As more consumers put their money where their mouth is, they are sending a powerful message to companies and governments around the world. We urge WTO leaders to take note and recognise what can be achieved through collaboration.'

Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International stands with the poorer countries who are trying to defend the interests of their farmers. We hope that all the players will return to the table with renewed resolve to secure a better deal for disadvantaged farmers.


Notes to Editor:

1)      Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) is a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder association that sets international standards for terms of trade with producers in developing countries. Through a global network of support workers FLO helps producers to meet the standards.  A separate international certification company (FLO-CERT) regularly inspects and certifies producers against Fairtrade standards, and audits the flow of goods between producers and importers. 

2)      The international FAIRTRADE Certification Mark appears on products to let consumers know that the farmers, or workers, who supplied the raw materials are getting a better deal.

3)      FLO unites national Fairtrade Labelling Initiatives across Europe, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand and producer networks representing Fairtrade Certified Producer Organizations in Central and Latin America, Africa and Asia. 

4)      FLO estimates 7.5 million people - farmers, workers and their families - across 58 developing countries benefit from Fairtrade today.


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