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Thousands of Fairtrade supporters around the country are gearing up to launch an extra special Fairtrade Fortnight campaign in 2014, aiming to bring about landmark change in the banana industry.
Britain’s supermarket price wars are trapping tens of thousands of banana farmers and workers in an unrelenting cycle of poverty
The Fairtrade Foundation today launches a new campaign Make Bananas Fair asking the UK public to help end the supermarket price wars, including a petition asking the government to urgently step in and investigate the impact of retailer pricing practices.
On Friday 21 February, BBC Farming Today aired a short preview for BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme which will be broadcast on Sunday, looking at Fairtrade 20 years from the launch of the FAIRTRADE Mark.
- Sales of Fairtrade products in 2013 rose again, reaching an estimated £1.78 billion, up 14 per cent on the previous year
- Campaigners gear up for Fairtrade Fortnight with thousands of exciting events across the UK
- Banana producers tour the country to talk about the benefits of the Fairtrade system and call on Britain to Make Bananas Fair
The Fairtrade Foundation today launches Fairtrade Fortnight (24 February – 9 March) and its major new Make Bananas Fair campaign by announcing continued growth in Fairtrade sales of 14 per cent during 2013, demonstrating continuing public and business support for Fairtrade goods.
Bristol’s Fairtrade Co-ordinator attended the 8th International Fair Trade Towns Conference in Kumamoto, Japan at the weekend to invite the 270 delegates from 21 countries to come to Bristol for the 2015 Conference.
The Fairtrade Foundation is watching very closely the impact that the merger of Fyffes and Chiquita to create the world’s largest banana firm will have on banana farmers and workers. Through our existing relationship with Fyffes, we will work in collaboration with the new organisation to seek assurances that the negotiations towards the merger will support banana farmers and workers.
Results of new research released today show the overwhelming majority of people in the UK back the Fairtrade Fortnight campaign proposition that supermarket banana price wars are dysfunctional and support paying farmers more, as the poorest people are bearing the cost of our cheap bananas.
- Confectionery company to purchase 20,000 MT of Fairtrade cocoa over 3 years under new Fairtrade Cocoa Program
- Thousands of Ivorian cocoa farmers to benefit
Fairtrade cocoa farmers have received another major boost as Ferrero announced its collaboration with Fairtrade at the International Fairtrade Conference in Berlin. Ferrero will purchase a total of 20,000 tonnes (MT) of Fairtrade certified cocoa over the next three years.
-Nine companies including Mars, major German, Swiss & Japanese retailers and brands first to sign on to new Fairtrade Sourcing Programs
-Fairtrade cocoa farmers delighted by initial 14% sales boost in 2014
-First cotton commitment announced, announcements on sugar to follow soon
Fairtrade farmers are set for a breakthrough year as Fairtrade International today announced the first commitments to farmers under an innovative new commodity sourcing model. Already at launch nine companies have signed on to increase their Fairtrade purchases starting with initial 2014 volumes set to deliver $1.2m in additional Fairtrade Premium to cocoa farmers by the end of this year.
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Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.