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  • Farmers in countries across the world grow crops which we eventually buy in shops. Many of these farmers receive only a tiny proportion of the money made from sales

  • Many farmers receive as little as £0.05 from the £2.00 cost of a cup of cappuccino

  • The Fairtrade movement is an attempt to give small producers more control over their lives, by giving them a larger share of the end price. The movement also offers training skills that will help farmers help themselves out of poverty

  • Lots of things can now be bought as Fairtrade, such as: fruit, sugar, tea and coffee, chocolate, spices, rice, honey and nuts. There are also more unusual Fairtrade items such as footballs, flowers, cotton and make-up

  • The Fairtrade mark is only found on products that actively improve the lives of the workers who make them. Companies must provide workers with the means of independent living, rather than just giving them more money

  • You can buy now Fairtrade items in many supermarkets and shops. Make sure anything you buy has the official Fairtrade symbol on it. This guarantees that a fair proportion of the money you pay will go to the people who produced it

  • There are lots of ways you can get involved with promoting Fairtrade. You can ask your school if they will stock Fairtrade fruit and other products or set up a Fairtrade tuck shop and encourage your parents to buy Fairtrade produce wherever possible

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