Feds Partner with Fairtrade
5 November 2014 at 8:51 am
A new $4.5 million partnership between the Federal Government and Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) is set to build support for Fairtrade products in Australia and link producers in developing Indo-Pacific countries to international and regional markets.
'Fairtrade for Aid in the Indo-Pacific’ was recently announced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, at the Fairtrade Asia Indo-Pacific New Markets Forum in Melbourne.
The Government said the four year commitment from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) will increase economic growth and trade from Indo-Pacific countries, alleviating poverty and benefiting some of its most disadvantaged citizens.
“Up to 70 per cent of the staple foods in some developing countries come from poor small farmers, living on as little as $2 per day. Eighty seven per cent of the world’s small farms are in Asia and the Pacific,” Molly Harriss Olson, CEO of Fairtrade ANZ said.
“We have an enormous opportunity to improve people’s lives by alleviating poverty and creating more sustainable livelihoods in this part of the world.
“Fairtrade ANZ has a vitally important role to play in creating demand for Fairtrade products, developing the supply chain and growing the number of producers in the region. This work is hard and it takes time but with this DFAT partnership we are seeing the key first steps towards realising our vision.
“This is the first time that Fairtrade ANZ has received substantial Government funding and we are delighted to be working with the Minister and DFAT on this important partnership to alleviate poverty in our region.”
Harriet Lamb, CEO of Fairtrade International was recently in Australia for the Fairtrade Asia Indo-Pacific New Markets Forum.
“Fairtrade now has 1210 producer groups and more than 1.4 million producers in 74 countries. We link both ends of the supply chain, like a good old fashioned matchmaker, generating almost $7 billion in retail sales across the globe,” Lamb said.
“Because Fairtrade is on the ground with producers and in their communities, we see the impacts of trade, and work to develop innovative responses to make trade just and equitable. When we get it right, trade can be a sure path to development because it is economically and socially sustainable.
“Throwing money at a problem generally doesn’t work. But throwing money at a proven solution generally does.”