Fair Trade in Asia - the developmental role of Oxfam

Oxfam, an international development, humanitarian and campaigning organization that works with others to find lasting solutions to poverty and suffering, has been at the forefront of making trade work for the poor, and has pioneered a fair trade movement to demonstrate this model of trade is fair both to the producers and consumers. This paper, presented at the Asian SME Forum in Hainan, China, in June 2004, has attempted to illustrate some of Oxfam’s efforts in the area of fair trade, with a special focus on Asia.

Anand Kishore Das, June 2004

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Summary :

Oxfam has been in the forefront of advocating for fairer terms of trade, and is one of the pioneering organizations of a global fair trade movement. Many of the goals of the Fair Trade movement - for example, getting producers higher prices in markets and challenging conventional models of trade - are shared goals. Oxfam utilises a portfolio of approaches that will achieve the greatest and most sustainable benefits for people living in poverty; whenever it is appropriate this will include Fair Trade. Oxfam is supporting Fair Trade movements directly in East and South Asia, notably the IFAT (International Federation for Alternative Trade) Asia Forum.