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Fairtrade says it is time to stop pitting farmers and shoppers against each other and address the imbalance of power in supply chains
Despite deflation in the grocery sector, early estimates based on the first three-quarters of the year suggest Fairtrade sales held steady in 2014
Fairtrade Fortnight 2015, 23 February – 8 March, will celebrate the power of everyday choices by telling the other half of a product’s story – the producer’s – to show the difference Fairtrade makes.
Fairtrade, along with a coalition of certification schemes promoting safer pest control, announces the launch of a new free app designed to support the reduction of highly toxic pesticide use.
Consumers see Fairtrade as a reflection of their personal vales, based on fair prices, living income and improving farmer livlihoods. A multi-country survey released today shows that nine in ten (91%) British shoppers are familiar with the FAIRTRADE Mark. A majority believe it reflects their personal values.
A new consumer survey shows that 39% of shoppers who know about/are aware of Fairtrade wine look for the FAIRTRADE Mark on wines and spirits when they shop, an increase of 10 percentage points, up from 29% in 2010.
The Fairtrade Foundation responds to warnings that chocolate could run out if the cocoa sector doesn't become more sustainable.
Volumes of Fairtrade tea, coffee, cocoa and bananas all grew in 2015 as consumers show support for Fairtrade. Increased volumes will lead to greater financial premiums to Fairtrade farmers and workers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean.
Millions of farmers in developing countries who produce everyday foods for UK consumers are themselves still going hungry and struggling to feed their families, the Fairtrade Foundation has warned. At the start of Fairtrade Fortnight (Feb 29 – March 13) the organisation highlights that, while we sit down to a breakfast coffee, the periods of food shortage are so acute for some coffee farmers they’ve acquired their own grim names such as Chulga (food suffering) in Ethiopia, or Los Meses Flacos (the thin months) in Nicaragua.
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.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.