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  • Zongo supplies Fairtrade shea nuts for a women-led cooperative in West Africa

    The ‘Shea’ Strength of Women’s Union

    9 May 2018 by Shared Interest

    Shared Interest lends money on fair terms, investing not to make people rich but to enrich the lives of others. Find out how they are making a difference to a women-led shea butter co-operative in West Africa.

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  • Marion Ng'ang'a - Growing Women In Coffee

    Changing Gender Inequalities on Kenyan Coffee Farms

    27 November 2017 by Marion Ng ang a of Fairtrade Africa

    A new three-year project aims to empower women coffee farmers in Kenya by making Fairtrade personal and addressing gender inequalities and economic marginalization.

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  • Lebi Gabriel Hudson Tanzania Tea Farmer

    What's brewing? A tea farmer explains what Fairtrade means to him

    28 July 2017 by Emily McCoy, Fairtrade

    On the launch of our new campaign, ‘Not all tea is created equal’, we asked tea farmer Lebi Gabriel Hudson, CEO of Fairtrade certified Rungwe Smallholders Tea Growers Association in Tanzania, to explain what Fairtrade means to his community.

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  • Nazma Akter, of the AWAJ Foundation

    Giving a voice to Bangladeshi Women Garment Workers

    26 April 2017 by Nazma Akter, of the AWAJ Foundation, a union for female workers in Bangladesh, giving us an insight into how they are making improvements to textile manufacturing in the country.

    In December 2016 more than 1,600 workers from a number of garment factories in Ashulia were sacked for alleged involvement in demonstrations over pay. Many more were arrested and imprisoned for protesting for fairer wages.

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  • Hunger

    The real hunger games - to achieve zero hunger we have to make trade fair

    17 October 2016 by Molly Harriss Olson, CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand

    What is the role of Fairtrade in ending hunger and achieving food security? Molly Harriss Olson, CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand shares her thoughts…

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  • Fairtrade CEO Mike Gidney and campaigners

    Brexit: Trade deals are about to be rewritten, let’s make them fair

    21 July 2016 by Michael Gidney, CEO at the Fairtrade Foundation

    A few weeks ago history was made when the UK decided to leave the EU. The impact on business, the grocery industry and the Fairtrade movement in particular, could be profound. What will happen to the single market? What will happen to our food prices? After all, food security was one of the main reasons the European common market was set up and businesses have been following its rules of trade for decades.


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  • Kenya

    Paris climate talks are failing smallholder farmers

    20 May 2016 by Victor Biwot, manager at Fairtrade-certified Sireet Tea Outgrowers in Kenya

    A report published this week by Oxfam has criticised the Paris climate talks for having ‘failed’ poorer countries adapting to global warming. Entitled “Unfinished Business”, it points out the financial support pledged to tackle climate change falls well short of what is needed which means those most vulnerable to its impact – small-scale farmers – are being 'left on their own'. Victor Biwot, a tea farmer from Kenya, agrees the West needs to be more realistic.

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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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  • St Pauls

    Five minutes with Jackson and Levine

    3 March 2016 by Anna Galandzij, the Fairtrade Foundation

    Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine and TV presenter Laura Jackson, together the Jackson&Levine,  London’s coolest supper club, say their trip to Ethiopia to meet coffee farmers was an eye-opening experience.

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  • Colombia 3

    10 facts about food security to remember this Fairtrade Fortnight

    1 March 2016 by Anna Galandzij, the Fairtrade Foundation

    In the UK, we drink around 70 million cups of coffee daily and eat on average 5 billion bananas a year. Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 asks the public to ‘sit down for breakfast and stand up for farmers’ and highlights that millions of smallholder farmers supplying our breakfast tables are food insecure, missing meals or going hungry a year-round. Read on the below 10 facts on food security and get involved.

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