Success of Fair Trade in Europe

A recent survey, carried out in 25 European countries, shows that Fair Trade sales in
Europe have been growing at an average 20% per year since 2000. The annual net retail value of Fair Trade products sold in
Europe now exceeds EUR 660 million. This is more than double the figure five years ago. Fair Trade has thus become one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Fair Trade products can now be found in 55,000 supermarkets all over
Europe and the market share has become significant in some countries. Fair Trade is an efficient tool to overcome poverty and to reach the Millennium Development Goals. It gives producers a fair deal, not only by paying a fair and stable price for their products. Fair Traders also help their partners in the South to get better market access, to protect the environment and to comply with European standards. The research ''Fair Trade in Europe 2005 – Facts and Figures on Fair Trade in 25 European countries'', carried out by Jean Marie Krier, is published by the Fair Trade Advocacy Office in
Brussels.
More information:
http://www.ifat.org/downloads/marketing/FairTradeinEurope2005.pdf
See CTA publications on fair trade
http://www.anancy.net/index.php?destination=advanced_plus&sign=yes&tema=selected&file_id=2657&files=yes&language=english&pubyear=2005
DFID support to fair trade
http://www.dfid.gov.uk/news/files/fair-trade-2006/fortnight-summary.asp

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