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  • Jackline Matei inspects roses at the Fairtrade certified Mount Meru flower farm, Tanzania ©  Fairtrade Austria / Georges Desrues

    First steps towards decent wages for flower workers in Tanzania

    1 May 2019 by Fairtrade International

    The foothills of the beautiful Arusha National Park in Tanzania are an unlikely setting for a quiet revolution in workers’ rights. 

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  • Making clothes inside a factory at Loocust Incorp Apparel Export, India

    When will fashion brands pay workers a living wage

    26 April 2019 by Emily McCoy

    Over the last few years we’ve seen more people asking ‘Who Made My Clothes’ and with increased pressure from the consumer and civil society, it’s not a surprise that there is more investigation into the wages of garment workers in factories, and those who grow the raw products, like cotton. But has there been much action?

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    Why You Should Care About Sustainable Fashion

    24 April 2019 by Emily McCoy

    Only a tiny percentage of the money we pay for clothes ends up in the hands of those who made them. The fashion industry is notorious for exploiting it’s garment workers and cotton farmers who are often left invisible at the end of a long and complex supply chain.

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  • Sugar cane farmer in Malawi

    Devastating Floods Hit Fairtrade Sugar Farmers in Malawi

    1 April 2019 by Martine Parry

    Fairtrade sugar cane farmers tell us about the catastrophic damage caused by Cyclone Idai.

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  • Cocoa farm in Ivory Coast

    Our campaign for a fair cocoa trade is just beginning

    13 March 2019 by Mike Gidney

    One of the most inspiring aspects of Fairtrade is how much young people support the cause. Perhaps it’s because the concept of fairness is well understood in every playground; perhaps because children expect those in authority to defend abuses of power; or having grown up with social media, they are the generation most connected with the rest of the world.  

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  • Women's School of Leadership in Central Asia

    Leadership School Strengthens Women Farmers

    7 March 2019 by Fairtrade International

    The theme of the 2019 International Women’s Day campaign is #BalanceforBetter. A new programme, launched by the Fairtrade Network of Asia & Pacific Producers, aims to improve women’s opportunities and help redress the gender imbalance in agricultural communities.

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  • Women Workers

    Six Ways Fairtrade Strengthens Human Rights

    10 December 2018 by Fairtrade International

    Find out some of the ways Fairtrade works to ensure human rights are protected.

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  • Christmas present

    How to Make sure your Christmas is ethical

    6 December 2018 by Emily McCoy, Fairtrade Foundation

    Every year Christmas seems to be bigger, louder, more colourful, and require more spending. But this year, there’s been a change in shopping sprees – and more people are searching for an ethical answer.

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    How a scoop of ice cream can make the world of difference

    3 December 2018 by Will Thacker

    Putting up your feet and kicking back with a tub of Spice and All Things N’ice feels like a treat… a little indulgent even. But here’s the inside scoop: Fairtrade ice cream does a world of good for farming communities. Read on, and it won’t just be the gingerbread chunks warming your heart…


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  • Kerala Earth builders

    Farmers plant 200,000 seedlings to replace lost crops after Kerala floods

    27 November 2018 by Bijumon Kurian

    Four months after the worst floods in a century caused devastation across Kerala, we hear from the director of a local farmers’ cooperative and newly appointed Chairman of Fairtrade Network of Aisa and Pacific Producers (NAPP), Bijumon Kurian:

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