On Friday, April 29, at 9am PT/12pm ET, you’re invited to tune in to our live USTREAM broadcast on the Fair Trade Certified Facebook page  to hear from four international coffee and cocoa farmers about how Fair Trade has impacted their lives and their communities. Viewers will also be able to join the conversation by submitting questions for the panelists to answer during the broadcast.
In preparation for World Fair Trade Day , Saturday May 14, Fair Trade USA is working hard to Wake Up the World  to the benefits of Fair Trade. Through the Fair Trade model over 1.2 million farmers have been able to forge better business opportunities and cut out intermediaries, resulting in tremendous impact for these workers and thier families. Fair Trade premiums that provide community development funds help enable cooperatives and associations to invest in their communities when they lack economic opportunities. This Friday, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a few of these amazing people from the comfort of your own home, school or office.
We welcome you to tune in to our live broadcast and online discussion to hear how Fair Trade works on the ground, and about the power of the consumer to create global change through a daily cup of coffee, chocolate bar or banana. Fair Trade USA President & CEO Paul Rice will engage in a lively discussion with farmers from Costa Rica, Indonesia, Kenya and Peru about how Fair Trade has benefited their families, their communities and the environment. This is a rare opportunity for the farmers to communicate directly with the American consumers who buy their products, finally bringing the supply chain full circle.
Paul Rice, President & CEO, Fair Trade USA
Wendy Campos Barboza, CoopeTarrazú, Costa Rica
Armia Shikin Mandago, Permata Gayo Cooperative, Indonesia
Raymond Gitau Wanyugi, Ndumberi Coffee Growers Society, Kenya
Isaac Zúñiga Aguilar, Cooperativa Agraria Industrial Naranjillo, Peru