Good news for 2008: One million coffee farmers to benefit from increase in Fair Trade Minimum Price

    OTTAWA, Dec. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Fairtrade Labelling Organizations
International (FLO), the only certification model that guarantees a fair
minimum price to farmers that meet strict social and environmental criteria,
is announcing an increase of the guaranteed minimum washed Arabica coffee
price to US$1.25 per pound, to take effect on 1 June 2008. This new minimum
price will be valid through at least June 2010, when another price review will
take place. The coffee price adjustment, consisting of an average increase of
US$0.05/lbs, will benefit more than 250 producer organizations in countries
throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America, representing almost 1 million small
farmers and their families.
    "No other certification system but Fair Trade guarantees that small
producers get a decent return for their hard work. Consumers can be certain
that this increase will help uplift living standards and have a direct and
positive impact on the lives of Fair Trade Certified coffee farmers around the
world," said Raul del Aguila, a Peruvian coffee farmer, President of the Latin
American Fair Trade Producers Network (CLAC) and a FLO Board member.
    "The coffee minimum price increase reflects Fair Trade Certification's
deep commitment to supporting developing world farmers by offering a more just
and sustainable trade. We expect all actors to benefit: farmers get a higher
price to invest in their families and their crop, industry gets more capable
business partners producing a high quality product, and the growing number of
consumers who buy Fair Trade Certified get the satisfaction that their choices
really do make a positive impact," said Rob Clarke, Executive Director of
TransFair Canada, the only independent certification organization for Fair
Trade Certified products in Canada and the Canadian affiliate to FLO.
    The price increase is the result of FLO's extensive field research into
the real costs of sustainable production, followed by a multi-stakeholder
review process with feedback from producers, consumers and industry
representatives from more than 20 countries around the world. The minimum
price is supplemented by the Fair Trade Premium, additional income paid to
producer organizations for community development projects, which for coffee
increased in 2007 from US$0.05 to $0.10/lbs. If the coffee is organic, farmers
receive an additional premium of US$0.20/lbs (raised from US$0.15/lbs in

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For further information: Rob Clarke, TransFair Canada, (613) 563-3351,
ext. 24,

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