SNP MSP George Adam told Parliament that if everyone took a small step in using fairtrade products it would "make a difference not only in Scotland but in the rest of the world".
Mr Adam was leading a debate on the 'Take a step in 2012' campaign which marks the start of fairtrade fortnight, on 23 February 2012.
The campaign endeavours to encourage people to use fair traded products which supports millions of farmers and workers in developing countries.
Mr Adam said he was hoping Scotland would become a fairtrade nation in 2012 and "the difference in our shopping habits can make a massive difference in the lives of these individuals".
Scottish Labour MSP James Kelly, who is also a co-convener of the cross party group on fairtrade, said the debate was an excellent way to start the fairtrade fortnight.
Mr Kelly also said "I'm sure we'll see some tremendous events throughout Scotland".
Conservative MSP John Scott said "fairtrade is one of those ideas, one of those concepts, whose time has truly come".
Culture and External Affairs Minister Fiona Hyslop said 2012 promised to be a very exciting year for fairtrade and was the year Scotland hoped to become a fair trade nation.
Ms Hyslop said Scotland it was a year round challenge to promote fairtrade and that Scotland had always been "an outward, innovative and caring nation".