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  • Hunger

    The real hunger games - to achieve zero hunger we have to make trade fair

    17 October 2016 by Molly Harriss Olson, CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand

    What is the role of Fairtrade in ending hunger and achieving food security? Molly Harriss Olson, CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand shares her thoughts…

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    Six ways farmer ownership is changing cocoa grower's lives

    11 October 2016 by Gemma Hood for Divine Chocolate

    It’s National Chocolate Week, a celebration of fine quality chocolate in the UK. It’s the perfect time to savour delicious Fairtrade chocolate and discover new flavours to cherish.

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  • Chocolate

    10 facts about Fairtrade chocolate to remember this Chocolate Week

    10 October 2016 by Anna Galandzij for the Fairtrade Foundation

    Chocolate. Milk or dark with Cornish sea salt? Behind every luscious chocolate bar and treat we devour throughout the year, there are six million people globally who depend on growing cocoa for their livelihoods. Fairtrade has breathed a new lease of life into entire cocoa farming communities in the poorest parts of the world.

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  • Towns

    Suffolk Fairtraders join forces

    21 September 2016 by Steph Bennell, Fairtrade Town Co-ordinator, Framlingham

    The launch of the Suffolk Association of Fairtrade Towns this summer is a much needed boost for poor farming communities around the world.

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  • Traidcraft

    Bake a difference!

    8 September 2016 by Rachael Colquhoun, Product Manager at Traidcraft

    If you’re a lover of baking, you’ll already be hooked on the new series of The Great British Bake Off and feeling inspired to hit the kitchen!

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    Organic is the new green

    1 September 2016 by Niti Parikh, Pratibha Syntex

    From the Green Revolution to organic farming. In the heart of India, cotton growers have led the way in rejecting harmful chemicals and GM-seeds, working with nature, rather than against it.  

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  • Brazil

    A taste of real Brazil: coffee from Fairtrade cooperative CAFESUL

    15 August 2016 by By Carlos Renato Alvarenga Theodoro, Director of Fairtrade coffee cooperative CAFESUL

    With the Olympics shining a spotlight on Brazil, we turn to the farmers who cultivate one of the country’s treasures – coffee. Brazil grows about a third of all coffee, making it by far the heavyweight champion of the coffee-producing world. Carlos Renato Alvarenga Theodoro from a Fairtrade-certified coffee cooperative CAFESUL reflects how Fairtrade has helped farmers find their fortunes by investing in top quality production.

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    5 TIPS TO DEEPEN IMPACT IN YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN

    27 July 2016 by Sebastian Lander, the Fairtrade Foundation

    Over the last three years, the Fairtrade Foundation has partnered with businesses on a range of innovative projects to deliver even greater impact for farmers.

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  • Air

    10 things you might not know about Fairtrade in 2015-16

    20 July 2016 by Rachel Wadham, Impact and Stakeholder Communications Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation

    What is the Fairtrade Climate Standard? How many farmers and workers are now part of the Fairtrade movement? We round up 10 things you might not know about Fairtrade in the last year.

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    Mothers and Daughters and royal visits

    24 June 2016 by Eileen Maybin, the Fairtrade Foundation

    The Fairtrade Foundation has this year been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development 2016. Ahead of the Queen's Reception at Buckingham Palace, on Thursday 14 July, Eileen Maybin reflects on meeting Queen Elizabeth II herself whilst working in India 20 years ago.  

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  • Colombia 3

    Farming superheroes to the rescue

    6 June 2016 by Marike de Peña, Board Chair, Fairtrade International

    We’ve all got our own favourite superheroes. Not necessarily the muscle-bound titans of “Batman vs Superman” which has been showing all over the world in recent weeks - including my local cinema in the Dominican Republic.

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    Putting an end to child labour in supply chains

    6 June 2016 by Marike de Peña, Board Chair, Fairtrade International

    A remarkable story emerged from Berlin recently when five children aged 10 and 11 approached high street fashion outlets asking for a job, saying they were willing to work long hours for low pay. Not surprisingly, they were rejected and told they were far too young to be employed - that it would be “child labour.”


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  • Sugar

    Drinks that do good

    27 May 2016 by Fraser Johnston, Business Development Manager at Natural Beverage Co.

    2016 is a big year for brands looking to tap into the growing health conscious audience. And the soft drinks market is ripe and for the picking. As the pioneer in fairly traded soft drinks, Natural Beverages Co., celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, Fraser Johnston explains how the company combines innovation with their Fairtrade values.

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  • Mighty Good

    We have a working solution for social justice in fashion. Now we just need to demand it

    27 April 2016 by Hannah Parris, eco-entrepreneur and founder of Fairtrade cotton brand Mighty Good

    I am often intrigued by people who claim that big changes in our society ‘can’t be done’.

    Can’t be done?  Really? Why not?  After all, did someone forget to tell the suffragettes that voting rights for women ‘can’t be done’? Did Martin Luther King give up just because someone told him that civil rights “is just impossible”? Of course not.

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  • India

    Meet Shiv - a Fairtrade cotton farmer

    21 April 2016 by Shiv Narayan Patidar

    Cotton is the world’s oldest commercial crop and one of the most important fibre crops in the global fashion industry. Despite this, cotton farmers wield little power of influence in the long supply chain, facing challenges ranging from poor prices to climate change. Fairtrade cotton was launched in 2005 to improve the livelihoods of impoverished cotton farmers. Meet one of them: Shiv Narayan Patidar.

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