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

Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation, 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.

Meet Foncho - the face of Fairtrade Fortnight 2014

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.

A good gold story…

A recent report has revealed that gold from conflict zones is entering gold markets illegally. Allan Bond of BT Global Services recently travelled to Tanzania with a group of BT employees to see the difference that Fairtrade gold is making to a small group of artisanal miners in Geita.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2014: Make Bananas Fair

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.

Fairtrade wine wins at Wimbledon

Wimbledon is the most British of events, while attracting top talent from all over the world. And among the international attractions this year is a delicious Fairtrade Rosé wine, KleineRuste, undoubtedly a great serve.

Liverpool’s children have their say about Fairtrade

With the government currently calling for greater transparency and accountability within supply chains, Jenny Willott MP, and the former Business Minister, met recently with children from Barlows Primary School in Liverpool to hear their views on Fairtarde and global issues. Barlows’ teacher Nicole Kattou talks in more detail about the benefits of introducing children in to Fairtrade.

A Trip Down Ethical Memory Lane

We all remember with horror the great-aunts who exclaimed: ‘My how you have grown’. Fast forward several decades and we find ourselves parroting the same words when we bump into children we haven’t seen for a while. Their families, with them every day, haven’t noticed and swing round to look at their kids afresh…

Calling for stronger ethical standards in supply chains

This past month, the public have been shocked by allegations in the Guardian of migrant workers being forced to work on Thai fishing boats supplying fish food to the prawn farming industry. Journalists, human rights organisations and politicians alike have denounced this as modern slavery.

Where the Tea Trail leads

Jane Snell, Product Manager for tea at the Fairtrade Foundation, reflects on Simon Reeve’s BBC2 documentary  on ‘The Tea Trail’ this week and what it means for Fairtrade, the different players in the tea industry and tea drinkers.