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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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    Tapping in to change - Fairtrade and water

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

    Today, around 1 billion people in the developing world don't have access to good quality water. On World Water Day, 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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  • APPG

    Democracy in action at launch of new Fairtrade group in Parliament

    21 March 2016 by Tim Aldred, Head of Policy for the Fairtrade Foundation

    The launch of the first all party parliamentary group (APPG) for Fairtrade was one of the highlights of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight providing an opportunity for more MPs to get involved with Fairtrade.

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  • Julio

    Since we joined Fairtrade everything has changed

    26 February 2016 by Sebastian Lander, Writer/Editor at the Fairtrade Foundation

    Sebastian Lander reflects on his trip to Colombia to meet Fairtrade farmers.

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  • What do you do with 5,000 Fairtrade bananas?

    26 February 2014 by Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation

    This Monday saw the world’s first ever Fairtrade banana billboard unveiled on Clapham Common to mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight. Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains the thinking behind the 5,000 banana-studded stunt.

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  • Meet Foncho - the face of Fairtrade Fortnight 2014

    25 February 2014 by dwebb

    This week marks the start of the Fairtrade Foundation’s Make Bananas Fair campaign – a campaign targeted at government to intervene in supermarket pricing practices.

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  • Fairtrade Fortnight 2014: Make Bananas Fair

    24 February 2014 by Michael Gidney, Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation

    Today marks the launch of Fairtrade Fortnight and the Make Bananas Fair campaign. Michael Gidney, Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, explains why we need to make sure all bananas are sourced fairly and ethically in the UK.

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  • Setting the Fairtrade Minimum price - about more than just keeping the wolf from the door

    20 February 2014 by Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research

    Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation, recently visited Embracoop, a 70-member co-operative close to Santa Marta on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Here he explains why farmers need a fair price for their fruit to earn a sustainable living.

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