Fair Trade Goods From Danger Zones: Is the Label Necessary?

Author: Leon Kaye, Triplepundit, Published on: 10 May 2010

Fair Trade certification has been a path for moving goods from developing countries to wealthier consumers in the developed world…Now the next wave of Fair Trade products are from conflict zones. According to the World Bank, about one-third of the world’s people living under the poverty line are from “fragile countries.” Giving these people an opportunity to raise and sell local delicacies could be a path to economic stability and even wealth...Tropical Wholefoods…is now working to source raisins from Afghanistan...But with buying goods from conflict zones come risks: danger to farmers and vendors, unscrupulous exporters, erratic customs and border control, and most worrisome, time, as buyers of Palestinian olive oil have learned…

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