Donating your vehicles such as cars, boats or farming equipment can provide opportunities for families in the Philippines’s. Enhance a Village will use, repair or give your car donation to farmers in the Philippines. This can give famers access to tools that make farming more efficient.
I discussed in the first part of this blog the issues of the Fair Trade system. Fair Trade is challenged by a very fundamental issue-- an information deficit.
The Fair Trade movement is fairly small in the Philippines but has been growing in recent years. It is comprised of a mix of small cooperatives and multinational corporations. For the vast majority of Filipino farmers, any Fair Trade certification is far too expensive to be a realistic option. Generally, the small co-ops are certified by Fair Trade and the large corporations by Fair Trade USA. The two organizations split over a differing view of multinational corporations’ role in Fair Trade. Fair Trade USA has changed certain strategies and standards in an attempt to bring larger companies into the Fair Trade market. Many, including the World Fair Trade Organization fear that the presence of multinationals in the Fair Trade market makes it difficult for co-ops and small farmers to compete in the Fair Trade market. For the very poorest farmers, it would be nonsensical to pay high certification fees to enter a competition with multinational corporations.