Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In March we encourage you to look for the FAIRTRADE Mark when shopping for mouthwatering ingredients to use in the kitchen. From savoury soy-based sauces and creamy coconut milk to grains such as rice and quinoa, the delicious flavours of Fairtrade products are sure to make your dishes stand out.
Phawadee Suphansai planting rice crops for Organic Jasmine Rice Producer Group (OJRPG) – a union of small producers in north-eastern Thailand. © TransFair e.V.
Phawadee is 44 years old and she has been a Member of OJRPG for 7 years. She went to College in Bangkok and has a bachelor's degree in Communication and Public Relations. After 15 years of working in Bangkok she decided to come back to Ubon, the village she was born in, to continue the work of her parents. She wanted to turn traditional rice farming into a sustainable business. Her core aim was organic production and to bring an organic product to the market.
“When you buy Fairtrade products you can be sure that the benefits go back to the community. Through your support we can continue to stay in the system and to evolve. In this way the whole supply chain develops towards a better community”