Membership, Policy & Advocacy

  • Issue-based advocacy and policy lobbying
  • Forging smart partnership with Government & other public bodies
  • Enhancing gender issues especially the role of women in Fairtrade
  • Undertaking business development outputs and transforming them into lobbying messages as well as information for the business community.
  • Creating pro-activity at the network with respect to trade issues, member's issues as well as secretariat issues.
  • Arbitration activities on behalf of members.
  • Maintain the dialogue with regional, international and local organizations (Fairtrade Africa, Fairtrade Africa-Southern Africa Network, Fairtrade International, etc)

Marker Research and Development

  • Identify, organize and/or conduct trainings for members
  • Organize and participate in trade activities i.e. trade fairs, trade missions, buyer/seller meetings
  • Commission and/or conduct market research and development activities
  • Fairtrade Standards & certification

Information, Communication & Membership

  • Information dissemination
  • Manage & maintain all information platforms including website & publications
  • Membership recruitment & retention

Malawi Fairtrade Network as an umbrella body has many roles one of which is to keep members abreast with information relating to fairtrade specifically and trade in general.
STANDARDS There are two distinct sets of Fairtrade Standards, which acknowledge different types of disadvantaged producers.

The Application process starts with the completion of an application questionnaire by a Producer Organisation interested in Fairtrade Certification.

Benefits of having a Fairtrade include the following:

In addition to the Fairtrade price, is the additional sum of money, called the Fairtrade Premium. This money goes into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions.

The use of this additional income is decided upon democratically by producers within the farmers' organization, or by workers on a plantation. The Premium is invested in education and healthcare, farm improvements to increase yield and quality, or processing facilities to increase income.
As many projects funded by the Premium are communal, the broader community, outside the producer organization often benefits from Fairtrade.
The charter of Fairtrade principles provides a single international reference point for Fair Trade. Fairtrade principles include:

  • Democratic decision making processes at all levels of the supply chain
  • Upholding labour rights and protecting rights of workers
  • Minimum price to cover cost of production
  • Use of Fairtrade Premium for community & business development


There are two distinct sets of Fairtrade Standards, which acknowledge different types of disadvantaged producers.

  • Standards applying to smallholders that are working together in co-operatives or other organizations with a democratic structure.
  • Standards that apply to workers, whose employers pay decent wages, guarantee the right to join trade unions, ensure health and
  • safety standards and provide adequate housing where relevant.
Additionally Fairtrade Standards also cover terms of trade. Most products have a Fairtrade Price, which is the minimum that must be paid to the producers. In addition producers get an additional sum, the Fairtrade Premium, to invest in their communities.

[further infomation visit]www.fairtrade.net/standards


Fairtrade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers - especially in the South.