5 Ways Fair Trade is Promoting Climate Resilience

5 Ways Fair Trade is Promoting Climate Resilience

The purpose of the Fair Trade movement is to help farmers secure fair prices for their crops and their hard work. At the same time, Fair Trade is crucial for helping these farmers adapt to climate change. 
Here are 5 ways the Fair Trade movement is helping farmers in the Global South achieve climate resilience. 
 
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1. The Fairtrade Minimum Price 
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The Fairtrade Minimum Price | https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/What-is-Fairtrade/The-impact-of-our-work/The-difference-that-Fairtrade-makes | is the cornerstone of the whole Fair Trade concept. The whole idea revolves around helping the farmers to make enough income to stave off poverty and make agricultural improvements. Farmers and farming communities that make enough money to be economically secure will be in a better position to make changes to the crops that they grow, the way that they grow them, and how they interact with the land and the surrounding biodiversity. 
 
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2. Fairtrade Improves Farmers’ Bargaining Position
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A key problem that many small-scale farmers in the developing world have faced is a poor bargaining position. Farmers without much money or connections are more likely to be price-takers by necessity, unable to negotiate much of a better price for their crops. 
By empowering these workers and their communities to form cooperatives, the Fair Trade movement is helping them to improve their bargaining position and negotiate for even better prices for their crops than the conventional market offers. This, in turn, means that they are in a better position to adapt to climate change. 
 
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3. Fairtrade Improves Access to Services and Markets
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Participation in the Fair Trade movement is helping farmers to gain access to high-end services such as organic training that can help them to improve their competitive position and become more climate-resilient.  
Farmers who avail themselves of this training can make more money by going organic. At the same time, they are gaining access to premium markets, meaning they have access to people who will want to buy their crops. This also means that they can afford to adopt climate-resilient practices, including new crop variants and agricultural practices.  
 
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4. Fairtrade Supports Investments in Sustainability  
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A good example of how the Fair Trade movement can support climate resilience comes from the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU) | https://www.oliberte.com/pages/fair-trade-helping-farmers-cope-with-climate-change/ |, which represents a collection of Ethiopian coffee farmers. 
Working with Fair Trade Africa (FTA), the OCFCU has secured some $1.28 million in funding for a climate resilience project. The funds will be used to promote sustainable land management, renewable energy, and crop diversification – important for economic and climate resilience. 
 
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5. Fairtrade Supports Reforestation and Carbon Reduction 
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Fair Trade organizations and projects are also directly supporting the ecological restoration, particularly reforestation and agro-forestry. 
A particularly good example of this comes from a 2018 partnership between food co-ops and the Grow Ahead Initiative | https://www.welcometothetable.coop/article/fair-trade-has-key-role-play-climate-change |, a creation of the Fair World Project. The project was a grassroots-funded campaign working on behalf of Cooperative Norandino, an organization of Peruvian small-scale farmers growing cacao, coffee, sugar, and fruit. 
Reforestation efforts are crucial for drawing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Organic agriculture can also play a key role, as organic farming practices can sequester 7,000 pounds of carbon dioxide | https://fairworldproject.org/fair-trade-in-a-world-of-climate-change/ | per acre, per year. 

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