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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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  • Tony Todd's Fairtrade Chocolate Tarte

    Tony Rodds Tantalisingly Tempting Tarte for Chocolate Week

    10 October 2017 by Emily McCoy

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

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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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  • Colombia 3

    Farming superheroes to the rescue

    6 June 2016 by Marike de Peña, Board Chair, Fairtrade International

    We’ve all got our own favourite superheroes. Not necessarily the muscle-bound titans of “Batman vs Superman” which has been showing all over the world in recent weeks - including my local cinema in the Dominican Republic.

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  • children at a water tap

    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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  • 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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  • Fighting the banana price wars on World Fair Trade Day

    9 May 2014 by Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation

    To coincide with World Fair Trade Day, Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation, reflects on the debate generated by Fairtrade’s campaign for Fair Banana Pricing.

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  • The reality behind ‘bananageddon’

    7 April 2014 by Martine Parry, Media and Public Relations Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation

    ‘Bananageddon’ is a word that has been bandied around this weekend in national newspapers, ahead of an upcoming report from the United Nations (UN) on the spread of Panama disease across banana farms and the devastating effect it is having on farmers.

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  • Valuing our bananas on Save a Banana Day

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

    On Save a Banana Day, Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, documents a recent visit to banana producers and workers in Ghana, and tells us why valuing our bananas, and those who produce them, is more important than ever.

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