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 Garstang, the world's first Fair Trade Town - April 2000

Garstang, the world's first Fair Trade Town - April 2000

After almost a decade of campaigning on Fair Trade and other international development issues the local Oxfam Group in Garstang, UK had an idea. They invited all the key community players; the mayor, heads of schools, faith group leaders and business owners to a meal and asked them to sign a pledge to buy and use Fair Trade and local produce. With the mayor, all the schools and faith groups and eventually 95% of all businesses signing the pledge the people of Garstang declared their town the world's first Fair Trade Town at a Public Meeting in April 2000. George Foulkes MP, former Under Secretary of State later said: “The beacon that has started in Garstang can spread like wildfire through the whole country and beyond.” Nobody at the time could have predicted how prophetic those words would prove to be.

Welcome to the home of the international Fair Trade Town movement. Communities across the world are working to promote Fair Trade in their area, in order to enable more farmers and workers to get a better deal. In the process many communities are meeting goals to become recognised as a Fair Trade Town. Here, you can become involved and share resources and top tips from over 1,850 Fair Trade Town campaigns in 30 countries across the globe.


National FT Town Campaigns - 1,850 Fair Trade Towns in 30 countries

Country Initiative Number of FT Towns 1st Fair Trade Town Website
UK Fairtrade Towns 619 Garstang (April 2000) website  
The Republic of Ireland Fairtrade Towns 53 Clonakilty (September 2003) website  
Belgium (Flanders) Fair Trade Gemeenten 152 Ghent (July 2005) website  
Belgium (Wallonia + Brussels) Communes du commerce équitable* 19 Bruxelles-Ville (July 2006) website  
Italy Città Equosolidali 43 Rome (October 2005) website  
Sweden Fairtrade Cities 70 Malmö (May 2006) website  
Australia Fair Trade Communities 8 Yarra, Melbourne (May 2006) website  
USA Fair Trade Towns USA 44 Media, Pennsylvania (July 2006) website  
Norway Fairtrade-Kommune 37 Sauda (August 2006) website  
Canada Fair Trade Towns 22 Wolfville, Nova Scotia (April 2007) website  
Austria FAIRTRADE-Gemeinden 155 Wieden, Wr. Neustadt, Mönichkirchen (May 2007) website  
Spain Ciudad por el Comercio Justo 13 Cordoba (April 2008) website  
Finland Reilun kaupan kaupunki 14 Tampere (August 2009) website  
Denmark Fair Trade Cities 6 Copenhagen (August 2008) website  
Brazil 2 Poços de Caldas (2012)
Netherlands Fairtrade Gemeente 64 Groningen/Goes (March 2009) website  
Germany Kampagne Fairtrade Towns 456 Saarbrücken (April 2009) website  
Costa Rica Latin American Fair Trade Towns 1 Pérez Zeledón (October 2009) website  
New Zealand Fair Trade Communities 4 Wellington & Dunedin (November 2009) website  
Luxembourg Fairtrade Gemeng 25 Differdange (March 2011) website  
Japan Fair Trade Towns 3 Kumamoto (June 2011) website  
Ghana Fair Trade Towns 2 New Koforidua (June 2011)
Czech Republic Fairtradová města 9 Litomerice/Vsetin (September 2011) website  
Poland Spolecznosci Przyjazne dla Sprawiedliwego Handlu 1 Poznan (November 2012) website  
Lebanon Fair Trade Towns 9 Menjez (May 2013) website  
Estonia Fairtrade Towns 1 Hiiu District (November 2014)
France Territoires de commerce équitable 35 Paris, Lyon + 12 others (November 2009) website  
Switzerland Fair Trade Towns 3 Glarus Nord (February 2016) website  
Cameroon Territoire de Commerce Equitable 1 Ebolowa (November 2015)
Equador Ciudades y Pueblos Por El Comercio Justo 2 Riobamba (October 2016) website  
South Korea Fair Trade Towns
Chile Latin American Fair Trade Towns website  
Country Initiative National Coordinator Website
UK Fairtrade Towns Adam Gardner website  
The Republic of Ireland Fairtrade Towns Melanie Drea website  
Belgium (Flanders) Fair Trade Gemeenten Lothar Boeykens website  
Belgium (Wallonia + Brussels) Communes du commerce équitable* Sophie Duponcheel website  
Italy Città Equosolidali Stefano Toma website  
Sweden Fairtrade Cities Catja Kaloudis website  
Australia Fair Trade Communities Andrea Klek website  
USA Fair Trade Towns USA Billy Linstead Goldsmith website  
Norway Fairtrade-Kommune Cathrine Berg Nilsen website  
Canada Fair Trade Towns Sean McHugh, Mélissa Dubé website  
Austria FAIRTRADE-Gemeinden Elke Schaupp website  
Spain Ciudad por el Comercio Justo David Comet website  
Finland Reilun kaupan kaupunki Jatta Makkula website  
Denmark Fair Trade Cities Julie Bundgaard website  
Brazil Ulisses Ferreira de Oliveira
Netherlands Fairtrade Gemeente Karin van Breda website  
Germany Kampagne Fairtrade Towns Lisa Herrmann website  
Costa Rica Latin American Fair Trade Towns Sonia Murillo Alfaro & Edwin Vargas Jimenez website  
New Zealand Fair Trade Communities Jade Jackson website  
Luxembourg Fairtrade Gemeng Valerie Murat website  
Japan Fair Trade Towns Tatsuya Watanabe website  
Ghana Fair Trade Towns Walter Alifo
Czech Republic Fairtradová města Vera Rohanova website  
Poland Spolecznosci Przyjazne dla Sprawiedliwego Handlu Tadeusz Makulski website  
Lebanon Fair Trade Towns Lory Boutchakdjian website  
Estonia Fairtrade Towns Jaanus Välja
France Territoires de commerce équitable Robin Baraud website  
Switzerland Fair Trade Towns Philipp Scheidiger website  
Cameroon Territoire de Commerce Equitable Jérôme Olivier ONGUENE NTONGA
Equador Ciudades y Pueblos Por El Comercio Justo Sra. Rosa Guamán;Dra. Sagrario Angulo website  
South Korea Fair Trade Towns
Chile Latin American Fair Trade Towns Lorena Vergar y Raúl Navarrete website