The UK's Department for International Development has pledged £1.2m to expand the Fairtrade label internationally.

The Fairtrade Labelling Organisation will receive £750,000 for international work, with the rest earmarked for the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK. The money will be spent on developing pilot programmes where producer organisations say there is opportunity to expand production. There was potential to expand Fairtrade nut lines in Malawi and Mozambique, for example, said a spokeswoman.

The UK contribution to the fund is part of a wider £3m programme of international support.

The Fairtrade Foundation said the funds would help achieve the goal of doubling sales to £1bn by 2010 and £2bn by 2012. The organisation praised Sainsbury's and Waitrose for switching all their bananas to Fairtrade, but said many more companies needed to scale up their commitment.