The Olympic City becomes a Fair Trade City


 Rio de Janeiro becomes a Fair Trade City

Rio de Janeiro becomes a Fair Trade City

A golden moment for Rio De Janeiro as it becomes a Fair Trade Town During the Olympic Games.

Rio De Janeiro has become the first capital city in Latin America to be declared a Fair Trade Town. The official ceremony took place against the backdrop of the Olympic Games currently taking place in the Brazilian capital.

At the ceremony, Fairtrade Brasil's president Naji Harb presented the certificate to the Secretary of Economic and Social Development. "Now Rio de Janeiro is part of a network of more than 1800 Fair Trade Towns all over the world,” said Harb. “These cities are educating consumers and raising awareness about Fairtrade benefits and its impact on changing the lives of the marginalized small farmers all over the world". 

Rio De Janiero is now the second town in Brazil to receive Fair Trade Town status, following Pocos de Calda in 2012. Brazilian consumers can purchase Fairtrade certified products such as acai juice, lemon, honey, fruit and coffee at more than 200 shops, cafes and restaurants across the capital. Many of these are local products, grown by Fairtrade certified producers in Brazil. Coffee from Fairtrade farmers from Minais Gerais is also being served at the Olympic Games sites.

Selling on Fairtrade terms enables these farmers to receive better prices for their products, and to invest in their future. As well as  the minimum price, which protects  against price falls, producers receive the Fairtrade premium,  an extra sum of money paid on top of the selling price that farmers and workers invest in business or community projects of their choice. There are currently 42 Fairtrade certified producer organizations in Brazil, over half of which are coffee producers.

The ceremony ended with a reception and the opportunity to sample caipirinhas made with Fairtrade limes grown by Brazilian farmers (AFRUTJA-ASLIM) from the Jaiba Region located in the north of Minas Gerais , Brazil.

View a video of the ceremony here

To find out more about Fairtrade in Brazil, visit http://www.fairtradebrasil.com.br/home