2 April, 2020

Distraction Reads: Dive into the stories behind our products

Banana farming community in Colombia, picture by Ian Berry
by Heather Nicholson

Looking for interesting articles to read during isolation? Get stuck into these 5 fascinating reads on the complexities and human stories behind the products we buy. 

Colombia: no guns, no drugs. Just bananas...

Colombia’s farmers can hope again after decades of bloody civil war – but they’re not relying on politicians to help them.  

Read now on the Guardian 

Barrio Obrero, Colombia, Guardian, Ian Berry

The New Queens of Cocoa 

In Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, cocoa is king. But life is hard for the farmers there, who grow nearly 60 percent of the world’s cocoa supply. They’re poorly paid for what they grow. In late 2016, the price of cocoa crashed. Extreme poverty is rife. It’s even harder for the women who work in the fields, and at home, but often see little of the profit. But a new crop of women cocoa farmers are growing in courage and standing tall with men. Together, they’re asking a simple question: don’t we deserve more?  

Read now

Women cocoa farmer

How the gift of coffee is empowering women in Kenya 

Lizzie Rivera travels to Kenya to learn about the Women in Coffee project that’s giving female farmers grounds for hope 

Read now on the Independent 

25 Years of Fairtrade Impact  

Give yourselves a pat on the back and look over what the Fairtrade movement has achieved for farmers across the world since the first Fairtrade product, Green & Black’s chocolate, hit the UK shops back in 1994. 

Read now 

Birds-eye view of Fairtrade Mark made out of people in Caranavi, Bolivia

The 4,000 mile delivery 

Our love of flowers might seem frivolous, but it drives a worldwide industry worth billions of pounds. The cut flower industry provides a livelihood for millions of flower workers in countries such as Kenya and Ethiopia, many of whom are women, in areas with few employment options.

Read now on the BBC 

Fairtrade Flowers Bouquet

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