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  • Fairtrade banana worker - photo by Ian Berry

    Why buying Fairtrade bananas supports farmers in the face of hurricanes, war and disease

    14 April 2020 by Martine Parry

    High up on the superfood list, bananas are rich in Vitamin B6 and C and are a good source of dietary fibre and manganese. But the true heroes behind Britain’s favorite fruit are farmers like Foncho from northern Colombia who work incredibly hard to grow bananas for us on their small family farms.

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  • Banana farming community - photo by Ian Berry

    Distraction Reads: Dive into the stories behind our products

    2 April 2020 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. 

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  • Fairtrade Baking Ingredients

    Bake a Difference with these 20 Fairtrade Baking Ingredients

    23 February 2019 by Katy O'Brien

    It’s easy to forget when we’re baking, that the ingredients we use have been grown in countries around the world - planted, tended, picked and cared-for by someone as part of their job. To think that they might not have been paid fairly for this work is almost unimaginable.

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  • Banana cake

    Fairtrade Banana Cake Recipe

    2 January 2019 by Fairtrade

    Gather your ingredients, then stir, mix and mash your way to tasty goodnes. Follow this easy-peasy recipe and get stuck in! 

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  • Washing bananas - photo by Ian Berry

    Top 12 Facts about Fairtrade Bananas

    23 August 2018 by Heather Nicholson

    In the UK we eat over 5 billion bananas every year. How much do you know about this delicious and versatile fruit?

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  • Trump

    What Trump means by Free and Fair Trade

    11 July 2018 by Helen Dennis

    Donald Trump is in the UK this week. This will no doubt mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but when it comes to “fair trade”, what does he mean?

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  • Mike Gidney with tea farmer

    Why Fairtrade invests in the farmers and workers of tomorrow

    27 June 2017 by Mike Gidney, Fairtrade CEO

    When Fairtrade began, more than twenty years ago, we were a response to the scandal of poverty in global supply chains.

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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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    Tapping in to change - Fairtrade and water

    21 March 2016 by Rachel Wadham, Impact and Stakeholder Communications Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation

    Around 1 billion people in the developing world don't have access to good quality water. Rachel Wadham reflects on meeting Kenyan tea farmer Teresa Kurgat, and learning about the many benefits access to clean drinking water has brought to her and the local community.  

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  • Bananas are still very cheap

    From milk to bananas

    20 February 2015 by Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation

    The UK’s dairy farmers are kicking up a stink. They’ve been complaining loudly that the prices they are being paid by supermarkets aren’t enough to cover their costs, and that farmers are going out of business as a result. With supermarkets cutting prices to fend off the challenge from discount stores like Aldi and Lidl, dairy farmers feel that they are losing out. This week, it led some to take to the streets to raise awareness with the public.  

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