Your donation will support projects that extend the reach and deepen the impact of Fairtrade.
We are carrying out much more work that goes beyond the licensing of Fairtrade certified products. Examples include:
• Increased assistance to farmers and workers to join Fairtrade = better prices, working conditions and the Fairtrade Premium
• Training to increase yield and quality of crops = more money to spend on basics like food and education
• Climate change adaptation programmes = farmers can continue to produce the crops they rely on
• Support to women farmers to take more equal roles = the chance to earn an independent income
Donations help us invest in innovation and pursue new opportunities.
Fairtrade Gold is one example of the difference donations can make. This is the first certification scheme of its kind to be developed in support of small-scale, artisanal mining communities in the developing world.
There are currently 16 million small-scale gold miners and a further 100 million people who indirectly rely on small-scale mining for a living. Small-scale mining is one of the most dangerous industries in the world, and miners often work in very remote and harsh conditions with little or no health and safety measures in place. Fairtrade Gold offers a lifeline to these miners, their families and communities. Fairtrade gives strict standards on working conditions, women’s rights, child labour and environment management; in return miners gain access to new markets and receive an additional premium – extra money to develop their businesses and invest in their communities.
Whilst this work has received grant support from Comic Relief, donations from the public have been instrumental in enabling us to develop, manage and deliver it.