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    World Food Day: Zero Hunger Starts With Paying Farmers a Fair Price

    14 October 2019 by Darío Soto Abril, CEO, Fairtrade International

    Coffee and chocolate. Many of us struggle to get through a day without one - or both - of our favourite luxuries. Yet, for the millions of small-scale farmers around the world who grow the cocoa and coffee beans we love, the price of an espresso or chocolate bar is a cruel joke.

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    25 Years of Fairtrade Impact

    4 October 2019 by Justin Avern

    Fairtrade is celebrating 25 years of Fairtrade products in the UK. But what impact has this had on the lives of farming communities around the word?

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    25 Facts about Fairtrade

    2 October 2019 by Katy O'Brien

    As we celebrate 25 years of Fairtrade products in the UK, and 25 years of positive impact for farming communities around the world, we share 25 facts about Fairtrade that you may not know.

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    25 Products to Celebrate 25 Years of Fairtrade

    2 September 2019 by Katy O'Brien

    2019 marks 25 years since the first Fairtrade certified products hit the shelves in the UK. A defining moment in the fight for equality through trade. Here, we pick 25 Fairtrade products from the thousands available, to help you celebrate Fairtrade's 25th anniversary. Join the party!

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  • Fairtrade tea leaves, Malawi

    We all want fair trade and that means farmers need to earn more

    30 August 2019 by Martine Parry

    “My message to consumers in the UK is please continue buying more Fairtrade tea so we can bring more development projects to our region" - Fairtrade tea producer 

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    Inspiration for a Fairtrade lunchbox

    27 August 2019 by Heather Nicholson

    Send your little'uns back to school with a Fairtrade inspired packed lunch. Here are some suggestions for a more ethical school lunch.

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    What are the Fairtrade Standards?

    15 August 2019 by Stefan Donnelly

    When you buy a Fairtrade product, you expect the farmers and workers who produced it to have received a fair price. But did you know about the list of requirements, called the Fairtrade Standards, covering workers’ rights, environmental protection, gender and transparency, that also have to be met?

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  • Dolores Anorés Domingo, Organización ASOBAGRI Guatemala

    How coffee farming is supporting the indigenous population of Guatemala

    8 August 2019 by Josefin Nordahl

    In Guatemala, indigenous people make up around 40% of the population, most of whom are of Mayan descent. 

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    10 Fairtrade Products for Summer 2019

    18 July 2019 by Heather Nicholson

    Your guide to the hottest Fairtrade products to try this summer.

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    Top 10 Facts about Fairtrade gold

    17 July 2019 by David Finlay

    Across cultures and throughout history, people have coveted gold, using the precious metal for jewellery, money and technology. How much do you know about gold mining and its star-spangled origins?

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    How ecotourism is helping Fairtrade farmers diversify their income

    11 July 2019 by Sophie Long

    In the current climate crisis, it is more important than ever that, as global citizens, we take as many steps as possible to travel responsibly, stay educated about world issues in the countries we choose to visit and that we ensure our adventures support the local communities and the environment. What better way to understand these realities than to learn from the locals and travel with purpose?

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  • Cocoa farmers

    Decent work and a decent income. It’s not much to ask, is it?

    6 July 2019 by Gelkha Buitrago, Director of Standards and Pricing, Fairtrade International

    There’s a saying in English: "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts". Put simply, this means that when people collaborate, they can often achieve more than if each person were to work on their own.

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  • Fairtrade coffee farmer

    There is only one way out of the global coffee crisis... Pay more.

    2 July 2019 by Darío Soto Abril, CEO, Fairtrade International and Roberto Vélez, CEO, Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC)

    The global coffee industry is facing an unprecedented price crisis which not only threatens our daily cup of the black stuff but also - far more importantly - jeopardises the livelihoods of millions of small-scale growers around the world. 

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    Fairtrade Summer Picnic Food Ideas

    28 June 2019 by Katy O'Brien

    It’s picnic season! Whether you are picnicking in the park, in your garden, or (going by the weather in the UK so far this summer) in your living room – we’ve pulled together a list of some great Fairtrade options to pack into your picnic hamper.

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    Climate crisis: Fairtrade farmers speak out

    24 June 2019 by Stefan Donnelly

    The climate crisis is already badly affecting global food production. Fairtrade farmers like Ebrottié in Côte d'Ivoire, Zeddy in Kenya and Theresa in Nicaragua, suffer the effects, leaving them working longer, for less, and damaging their community.

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