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    How recycling is improving the environment in Honduras

    21 September 2018 by Katy O'Brien

    Recycling is now an issue of immense global importance as the world aims to minimise the negative impact of waste on the natural environment. 

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    When football unites the world everyone wins

    10 July 2018 by Will Thacker

    Every four years, billions of people around the globe contract a strange, temporary condition; symptoms include hope and heartache, delirium and despair, and in some cases, an unhealthy obsession with wall charts and miniature flags.

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    8 ways Fairtrade farmers protect the environment

    5 June 2018 by Heather Nicholson

    Farmers say climate change is one of the number one threats they face. Millions of farmers around the world who rely on agriculture for their livelihoods are among the worst affected.

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    Six ways Fairtrade is empowering women

    7 March 2018 by Fairtrade International

    At Fairtrade, we continue to promote gender equality in sectors that have long been male dominated. In celebration of International Women’s Day, here are six ways Fairtrade is pressing for progress and empowering women:

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    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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    10 facts about Fairtrade coffee

    8 April 2016 by Anna Galandzij, the Fairtrade Foundation

    Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. In the UK, we drink approximately 95 million cups of coffee per day, it is a lucrative multi-billion pound business. However, a closer look at the supply chain shows coffee is a complex and often an unfair affair for the person behind every bean – the farmer. Fairtrade drives a fairer, more sustainable way of trading.  

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    25 years on Fairtrade is still needed

    11 March 2016 by Anne Salter, Fairtrade campaigner

    Anne Salter has been a Fairtrade campaigner for the past 15 years. In February 2016, she had the opportunity to meet several Fairtrade producers, as a part of the programme ‘Empresas sociales exportadores’ with Social Enterprise UK from the Federacion de organizaciones sociales de Costa Rica and the British Embassy in Costa Rica. Here, she shares her story.

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    New boost of confidence for sugar cane farmers in Belize

    19 February 2016 by Anna Galandzij, the Fairtrade Foundation

    Fairtrade sugar has been a success story for farmers in Belize. This week sees a new collaboration to offer Tate & Lyle Fairtrade sugar across Co-operative stores. Julia Clark, Head of Sugar Ethics at Tate & Lyle Sugars, says it will continue to drive change for sugar cane communities amid decline in market access and greater price uncertainty.

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    We need to scale up climate adaptation programmes

    25 January 2016 by Catalina Jaramillo, climate officer for CLAC

    Farming communities, especially in developing nations, are increasingly feeling the brunt of climate change. Indeed, latest data suggests that 2015 was the warmest on record. Catalina Jaramillo, climate officer from CLAC, Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers, reflects on the UN climate change talks in Paris he attended, as part of the Fairtrade International delegation. 

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    Navigating the stormy seas of sugar

    2 July 2015 by Gilbert Ramirez

    Gilbert Ramirez, a Fairtrade sugar cane and coffee farmer from Coope Agri, reflects on the Sustainable Sugar Forum run by Business Innovations that took place earlier this month.

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