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Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation, recently 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.
2014 marks an important year for the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK: 20 years since we first saw Fairtrade chocolate, coffee and tea hit the shelves. Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, talks about what the past two decades have meant for Fairtrade farmers and workers and what the future holds.
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.
When Fairtrade campaigner Lucy Walker applied to be a Fairtrade school mentor with People and Planet, she didn’t expect that a year later she’d be meeting producers first-hand in Ghana. In this guest blog, Lucy questions the difference that more Fairtrade could make to millions of smallholder farmers.
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.
As millions of people across 71 countries are this week asking brands #whomademyclothes, the UK-based brand People Tree are introducing some of the people behind their Fair Trade tees, dresses and jumpers.
At Green & Black’s Organic we can’t wait for Easter (our favourite time of the year) to arrive. Not only does Easter provide you (and us) with the perfect occasion to unwrap that gold foil and break into your favourite Chocolate Easter Egg, it is also a great time to treat your friends and family by introducing them to the delicious taste of our Fairtrade chocolate.
In March, the Fairtrade Foundation started to campaign to raise awareness amongst politicians of the impact of European Common Agricultural Policy reform on small holder sugar cane farmers, their families and communities, who rely on exporting sugar to the Europe. Last year, the UK took around 26% of all sugar cane imports that came to the EU, so the issue is particularly relevant here. Currently, there is a quota that limits the production of European sugar, and the gap between supply and demand is filled by importing cane sugar that is grown in developing countries. According to a report for the Department of International Development (DFID), the reform - which will completely deregulate European sugar production in 2017 - could push 200,000 people in the global south into poverty.
Fairtrade licensees Arthur & Henry believe that every man needs a good shirt. So as Fashion Revolution Day calls on us to ask “who made my clothes?” we ask Arthur & Henry to tell us more about their business and why knowing who grows and makes their shirts is so important...
Find answers to some of the questions that are frequently asked about Fairtrade.
Ever wondered how many farmers and workers are involved with Fairtrade? Or how the Fairtrade Premium is used? Here's a snapshot from our latest data.
With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.