03 March 1999
Fair trade movement takes off

THE “fair trade” movement has become a major force in changing the lot of the worlds small farmers in just five years, reports The Guardian.

The movement was started by Oxfam, Christian Aid, Cafod, Traidcraft and the World Development Movement.

It guarantees minimum prices when buying produce from farmers who meet ethical criteria in terms of trade and working conditions.

There are now more than 50 fair trade products on sale in Britain, including coffee, honey, tea and chocolate.