After all these years of structural Adjustment policies, Live 8, The human Development program and blah blah blah, the list goes on, Fair trade seemed to be the One, The ‘Chosen One’. The One that had the answers and solutions needed to end global poverty and Bring empowerment back to the peoples of the Third world.
“Guaranteeing a better deal for third world producers” (Fairtrade.org)
Yes Yes that is all well and good and of course there is no denying that Fair trade has indeed helped many
Did you know that in order to be part of fair trade you have to sign up and pay a certain amount of money???
Well, just for you surprised folks, this is how it works:
Individual farmers sign up for fair trade
They receive a certificate showing them to be part of the free trade alliance
However they have to pay yearly, a certain amount of money, which varies from country and product.
The question is why should they have to pay to be part of free trade.
By insisting on a sort of membership fee Fair trade are actually restricting many other farmers who do not have the money, from joining and benefiting from the various benefits of fair trade.
So the question is then as some critics have claimed,
Is fair trade just another elite group exclusive to its members and neglectful of others.<br /
So in this sense the winners are the Multinational corporations who exploit third world farmers. This is because Free trade has not lived up to its expected claims and by having the restriction of money on their heads the farmers have no option but to turn back to the multinational corporations. The loser are the farmers in the third world.