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  • Shopping trolley full of Fairtrade products

    Why we should buy more Fairtrade products

    19 February 2018 by Justin Avern

    For every banana to every coffee bean that is sold on Fairtrade terms, a bit more money goes to the community.

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  • On Valentines Day Say it with Fairtrade

    12 February 2018 by Emily McCoy

    Roses are red, violets are blue, and we at Fairtrade couldn’t do it without you

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  • Worker at Panda Flowers, Kenya

    How Fairtrade and producers are tackling challenges together

    7 February 2018 by Will Thacker

    The challenges facing farmers and workers are painfully real, and the solutions require a long-term commitment, strong standards, a dedicated support network and a passion for justice. On all fronts, Fairtrade is up for the fight.

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  • Growing Women in Coffee - women smiling in Kenya

    Women doing it for themselves: the first coffee grown by women in Kenya

    5 February 2018 by Marion Ng ang a Fairtrade Africa

    Growing Women In Coffee is a project managed by Marion Ng’ang’a, an agronomist employed by Fairtrade Africa. She tells us how the programme has helped empower women coffee farmers and now, in its third year, launches the first of a new brand of coffee grown by women.

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  • Tom Hunt with Zaytoun producer Bassema Barahmeh in Palestine

    Tom Hunt recipe for a Fairtrade Vegetable Fukhara

    31 January 2018 by Tom Hunt

    Fukhara is a traditional Palestinian clay pot used to cook stews. On my recent trip to Bethlehem with Zaytoun, who produce a delicious Fairtrade olive oil, I learnt to make a fukhara with chef Fadi Kattan.

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  • Fairtrade Coffee - trade customs bills

    The Trade & Customs Bills - the story so far

    22 January 2018 by Helen Dennis Fairtrade Policy Manager

    MPs weren’t given much time to get their feet back under the table after the Christmas break. Both of the Bills that relate to post-Brexit trade policy were up for debate in the House of Commons on their first day back with a vote on the Customs Bill finally taking place at 10.30pm. We always knew that it was going to be tough for development issues to get a look-in. These Bills are dealing with a wide range of issues, including the future protection of UK industries, and of course they h...

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  • Creating Fairtrade Gold Jewellery - copyright Ian Berry

    Tim Ingle talks about Ingle & Rhode's latest Fairtrade Gold Design Awards

    16 January 2018 by Tim Ingle of Ingle and Rhode

    Following the success of last year’s inaugural Fairtrade Gold Design Awards, we are delighted to announce that submissions are now open for this year’s competition.

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  • Fresh Fairtrade Tea

    Good cuppa - 10 facts about Fairtrade tea

    11 December 2017 by Anna Galandzij for the Fairtrade Foundation

    Britons drink 876 cups of tea a year! This International Tea Day we consider the value of making those 876 cups of tea Fairtrade. 

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  • Womens School of Leadership  Cote d Ivoire

    Opportunity for women in West Africa in the Women's School of Leadership

    3 December 2017 by Michelle Gillian

    Michelle Gillian, from the Impact Directorate at the Fairtrade Foundation, went to visit the Women’s School of Leadership school in Cote D’Ivoire to find out more about the programme and what opportunities it is bringing to women in the area.

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  • Merry Christmas Coco Loco advent calendar thumbnail

    Festive Fairtrade gifts for Christmas

    1 December 2017 by Emily McCoy

    Minced pies, Christmas lunches, baubles and present wrapping! Yes, the festivities are upon us. Here’s a handful of exciting and scrumptious ways you can add a handful of hearty jingle to your celebrations.

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  • Marion Ng'ang'a - Growing Women In Coffee

    Changing Gender Inequalities on Kenyan Coffee Farms

    27 November 2017 by Marion Ng ang a of Fairtrade Africa

    A new three-year project aims to empower women coffee farmers in Kenya by making Fairtrade personal and addressing gender inequalities and economic marginalization.

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  • Gold Coast Pineapple farm - competition law trial 2

    Does competition law serve consumer interest and future food needs

    23 November 2017 by Tim Aldred (Head of Policy at the Fairtrade Foundation)

    A new report from the Fairtrade Foundation finds that government regulation, which is meant to secure the UK’s food for the future, might just have been lending a helping hand in creating conditions where future prices will go up, and quality will go down.

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  • Cafedirect - INSPIRE Peru - Chirinos Centre of Excellence

    Cafedirect: sharing knowledge to inspire change

    2 November 2017 by Emily McCoy

    Cafédirect talk us through their work up close and personal with coffee producers in Peru. Through a new project they are inspiring the production of top quality Fairtrade coffee. 

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  • Fairtrade Chocolate & Banana Tart

    Tony Rodds Tantalisingly Tempting Tarte for Chocolate Week

    10 October 2017 by Emily McCoy

    In this recipe Tony Rodd, who opens a new London based restaurant Copper & Ink this autumn, combines two of the most popular Fairtrade ingredients to create a simply sumptuous delight for chocolate lovers.

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  • 7 sensational Fairtrade chocolates for Chocolate Week

    5 October 2017 by Emily McCoy

    An annual week dedicated to the most delicious and most extravagant chocolates is music to many ears - but buying Fairtrade means your luxury doesn't come at the expense of cocoa farmers around the world. 

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  • Women's School of Leadership & women cocoa farmers in the Cote d Ivoire

    What's the last thing you'd expect to see in a cocoa growing region of Cote D'Ivoire?

    27 September 2017 by Cat Rayner, Fairtrade

    For Cat Rayner, Fairtrade employee of 15 years, it was a MAMIL (middle aged man in lycra), something she sees only too frequently in her hometown of Hitchin, Hertfordshire but an unexpected sight in this part of the world. There was the dancing too, but that’s another story!

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  • Ian Berry photographing gold mining in Uganda

    Fairtrade Gold: A journey from Mine to Maker photographed by Ian Berry

    19 September 2017 by Sonia Navarrete, Fairtrade

    British photographer Ian Berry has seen much of the world during his career at Magnum Photos. His lens has brought into focus harsh realities from the Sharpeville massacre in 1960 to conflict, famine and apartheid. Now he turns his lens to the exploitative scene of artisanal gold mining.

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  • Organic September

    Organic September: 8 things you didn't know were Fairtrade and organic

    13 September 2017 by Emily McCoy

    It’s September and time for the UK’s biggest celebration of all things organic. To help you have a fun but fair Organic September I've picked out some of the most unusual products that are both Fairtrade and organic. 

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  • Tom Hunt recipe - apricot frangipane

    Tom Hunt Recipe for Baked Apricot Frangipane

    21 August 2017 by Emily McCoy

    In this recipe, Tom Hunt, award-winning chef, food writer and food-waste campaigner, uses a summer fruit favourite for a classic British treat. The addition of vanilla here gives the frangipane an extra layer of flavour. But did you know that the premium price for this popular spice doesn’t always translate to decent working conditions for vanilla farmers?

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  • Lebi Gabriel Hudson Tanzania Tea Farmer

    What's brewing? A tea farmer explains what Fairtrade means to him

    28 July 2017 by Emily McCoy

    On the launch of our new campaign, ‘Not all tea is created equal’, we asked tea farmer Lebi Gabriel Hudson, CEO of Fairtrade certified Rungwe Smallholders Tea Growers Association in Tanzania, to explain what Fairtrade means to his community.

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