Eileen Maybin, Head of Media Relations, had the privilege of meeting Nelson Mandela when she was seconded by the UK development agency Christian Aid to work at the South African Council of Churches (SACC), as part of the agency’s solidarity programme following the release of the former South African leader. The SACC brokered talks between Mr Mandela, former South African President F. W. De Klerk and the Inkatha leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi in those violent times.
As the world mourns the loss of Mr Mandela, Eileen reflects on how the vision and legacy of a man who fought tirelessly for justice and equality reflect many of the values at the heart of Fairtrade.
Coffee farmers in Central and South America are facing the double challenge of plummeting world coffee prices and fungal disease destroying their coffee trees. Dave Goodyear, Fairtrade Producer Research and Information Manager, explains why, at times like this, the Fairtrade Minimum Price provides a safety net for farmers and the Fairtrade Premium provides finance for disease mitigation programmes.
Fairtrade India has officially launched in Bangalore, with an aim to encourage the sale of Fairtrade products on the Indian market. Read more
Fairtrade International has unveiled its new standard and pricing for gold, silver and platinum and new ways of working with the jewellery industry. Read more
A new report by TWIN finds investing in women farmers is good for business and development, as the Fairtrade Foundation and TWIN urge businesses to 'smash the glass ceiling' for women farmers, who play a vital role in global food production. Read more
Fortnight 2014 will take place from Monday 24 February to Sunday 9 March. Get the dates in your diary now!
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. more
Find out more about 100% Fairtrade Organisations in our FTO guide, Doing Business Differently.
There are now over 1000 Fairtrade Schools in the UK. Find tools and resources here.
Events are happening up and down the land in support of Fairtrade, and you're invited.
It's here! The world's first independent ethical certification system for gold.
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