Has Fairtrade Helped Cocoa Farmers in Developing Countries?

Topics: Fair trade, FLO International, Ghana Pages: 4 (1328 words) Published: October 25, 2011

“Has Fairtrade helped cocoa farmers in developing countries?”

“Fairtrade - Trade in which fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries.”

Cocoa has help the world allot - not just the tens of thousands of Fairtrade cocoa farmers around the world. From the bitter frothy drink loved by the Mayans, to the family-sized boxes everyone fights over at Christmas or well, just about anytime.

But the cocoa has to be grown by someone. Ghanian farmers get cheated by buyers. They rig the scales to make the cocoa seem to weigh less. This means the farmers get much less money and the buyers don't have to pay that much for the cocoa. This leaves the farmers with little money to keep their farm up and running and keep growing cocoa, let alone stay alive. Fairtrade is a way trading in which farmers do not get cheated, the prices are fair and the farmers get extra money for investment in business and their lives.

In my essay I will write about exactly what Fairtrade is, how it helps, and who organizes it. I will also write about the lives of some cocoa farmers and compare unfairtrade farmers’ lives to fairtrade farmers’ lives. I will write about how cocoa is produced and problems faced by the cocoa farmers aswell.

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is an organization in which farmers can sell there product for a fair price and have good lives and have good working conditions. To identify a Fairtrade product (meaning the ingredients have been bought from a Fairtrade source), the product will have the Fairtrade badge on them. Fairtrade generally exports from developing countries (e.g. Ghana, which is one of the main cocoa growing countries.) to developed countries. There isn’t just Fairtrade cocoa - there are more than 3000 Fairtrade products on sale, from fruit to footballs. They mainly invest in cocoa, coffee, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, flowers and gold. The Fairtrade Foundation is one of the main organizations...
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