Fair trade: the SPP label helps small producers control their future

The modern fair trade movement began in the 1950s and gained momentum almost 30 years ago when a Dutch cooperation organization set up a labelling system to introduce fair trade products into mainstream markets. ATOs sell small producers’ products for better-than-market prices, allowing the producers to receive fair compensation for their work, thus escaping poverty and gaining a more dignified life.  However, promoting fair trade’s market success now appears more relevant than promoting the success of small producers. Many producers want to put the fruits of fair trade back where they belong, and have created the Small Producers’ Symbol (SPP) to help them do so.

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