Why Fair Trade?
Argentina is the country with the largest area harvested of yerba mate in the world. The production area is concentrated in the north-eastern provinces of Misiones and Corrientes.
Tn in 2013
Most of the farmers are marginalized groups such as Guarani tribes, Brazilian and Paraguayan immigrants and rural proletariat of Misiones. They are subject to harsh working conditions and exploitation.
Hold 10 hectares of land or less
Less than primary education
of yerba mate does
not cover basic costs
No access to
of children of small
farmers work on the fields
Purchasing fair trade products helps to ensure fair production and manufacturing practices between farmers, growers and grocers.
Fair trade workers and farmers are guaranteed a minimum price and can get credit for harvests before they come in.
Fair trade growers have strict no-child labor regulations.
Fair trade is a means to combat poverty by giving farmers the ability to survive against multinational corporations.