One hundred suppliers of commodities such as cocoa, coffee and sugar will meet in London next month to argue that Fairtrade should be the template for all world trade.

Director of the Fairtrade Foundation, Harriet Lamb, said: “World trade rules are currently topsy-turvy, protecting the rich and leaving the poor vulnerable.”

Producers including Sri Lankan tea growers and Tanzanian coffee producers will attend the World Fairtrade Forum between September 9-12 in London. They will discuss the policies and practices behind the Fairtrade Mark - the logo that guarantees producers in developing countries have received a fair price for their produce.

Export manager for Kagera Co-operative Union in Tanzania, John Kanjagaile, said:
“With the guaranteed prices of Fairtrade, farmers can begin to invest in the futures of their communities: in education or health schemes, in building up their organisations or improving the quality or diversity of their crop bases.”