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  • Rapar and Dhrangadhra Farmers Producer Company

    The future of food

    15 October 2018 by Anita Sheth, Senior Advisor Social Compliance and Development, Fairtrade International

    From child labour to the future of food the voices of young people change agriculture for the better. 

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    How can we tackle modern slavery?

    24 July 2018 by Sam Duxbury

    Globally 40.3 million people are subjected to modern slavery at any given moment.

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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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  • 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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  • Tom Hunt Apricot Frangipane Recipe

    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.

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  • Slave to Fashion front cover

    What do you know about modern slavery in fashion

    28 April 2017 by Safia Minney, Founder of People Tree and managing director of Po-Zu (ethical footwear company)

    Safia launches her new book 'Slave to Fashion' during Fashion Revolution Week. The book discusses modern slavery in fashion supply chains and goes through Safia's journey finding out more behind the fashion industry.

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    Putting an end to child labour in supply chains

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

    A remarkable story emerged from Berlin recently when five children aged 10 and 11 approached high street fashion outlets asking for a job, saying they were willing to work long hours for low pay. Not surprisingly, they were rejected and told they were far too young to be employed - that it would be “child labour.”


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    When going to school is too dangerous kids are kept in child labor

    12 June 2015 by Anita Sheth, Fairtrade International

    That's what teachers told a group of girls when they reported sexual violence in their schools. If they spoke out, they were told, they'd be asked to leave the school, word would spread, and they might be forced to leave their communities.

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    The need for wage rich prices

    18 December 2014 by Wilbert Flinterman, Senior Advisor on Workers’ Rights and Trade Union Relations at Fairtrade International, and Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at Fairtrade Foundation (UK).

    In 1819, UK MPs were debating a new law to outlaw the employment of very young children as chimney sweeps. Several MPs (apparently after lobbying from the Guild of Master Chimney Sweepers) raised concerns that sweepers would turn to mechanisation. They argued that the law would “deprive many people of employment, and throw a number of young persons on the parishes.”1  Better, said the opponents, to employ a large number of children - in very poor working conditions, than to offer them no work at all.

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  • Fairtrade farmers gearing up to address Child Labour

    12 June 2014 by Caroline Hickson, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships

    This year the International Labour Organization (ILO) aims to ‘give a #RedCard to Child Labour’. It calls upon the world to accelerate progress towards eradicating child labour, in particular through social protection systems as a key part of the response.

    The ILO estimates there are 168 million children still working across the globe. On World Day Against Child Labour we realize that while worldwide condemnation of child labour and standards prohibiting it are important, they are only part of the answer to successfully eradicating it.

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