Find out about Fair Trade and what we can do to support it. Visit a supermarket to see what fair trade items are available
: The Fairtrade web site at http://fairtrade.org.nz/ will provide information, and the logo which is on all Fairtrade products
Purpose: for guides to become aware that the goods they choose to purchase can make a difference to the lives of others.
Background: Fair trade is an organized social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. Often farmers in poor countries are coerced by large companies to sell their crops (coffee, cocoa beans, bananas) for as little as possible so that the larger company can make a larger profit. Fair Trade organisations make sure that their farmers are paid a fair price for growing and harvesting their crops, plus a little more so that the farmers can spend money in their communities.
How to: Have a discussion on the difference to the grower when a product is Fairtrade. On the supermarket visit, challenge patrols to find as many products as possible that are Fairtrade; make a list and then compare. Get patrols to purchase a product such as Fairtrade chocolate, to try alongside some non-Fairtrade product that you have already purchased.
The attached Banana Game gives an opportunity to talk about why Fair Trade products can make a difference. You may need to simplify the game.