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.”