Fairtrade International (FLO) has launched Fairtrade Eastern Africa, an organization that markets and promotes use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the Eastern African region. It’s a major step in enabling African farmers and workers to sell their products on fair terms in their own home market.
The formal launch took place on 8 May, with representatives from FLO, Fairtrade Eastern Africa, and Oxfam. Preliminary market research results indicate that 86% of Kenyan consumers when asked would look out for the FAIRTRADE Mark when shopping, while 73% would be prepared to pay extra for a product with the label on it. Fair Trade coffee and chocolate are already on sale in Kenya. Four new tea lines will soon be hitting the supermarket shelves too.
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