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While the 2000 decade marked the beginning of the practice of Fair Trade in Lebanon, it was not until September 2010 that Fair Trade Lebanon (FTL) became the first Lebanese Fair Trade association to join the membership of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). In December 2011, Lebanon became the sixty-fourth "producer" country to integrate the sphere of FLO-Fairtrade International. 

 

Today, FTL is the only Lebanese organization to have taken action to enter the international Fair Trade networks by joining the WFTO, the Fairtrade International-FLO-CERT group and by initiating partnerships with many Fair Trade importers. However, if FTL is the only association which claims to belong to the world of Fair Trade, other Lebanese associations have also implemented this type practice, without making it their main activity.

 

Fair Trade Lebanon in figures

  • Network of 29 food-processing cooperatives and 11 SME.
  • Direct beneficiaries: 1966 individuals.
  • Indirect beneficiaries: 4200 individuals.
  • 76% of direct beneficiaries are women.
  • 8 Fairtrade certified products by FLOCERT: Olives, Olive Oil, Wine, Oregano, Chickpeas, Lentils, Tomatoes and Chili. 
  • More than 120 products marketed under the brand “Terroirs du Liban”.