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Fairtrade at Wines of South Africa Trade Tasting Event

The Fairtrade Foundation will exhibit a wide selection of Fairtrade-certified wines at the WOSA Intrepid South Africa trade tasting on Thursday 8th September 2016, at Tobacco Dock in Wapping, London.

Response to fire in community surrounding Fairtrade mining cooperative MACDESA in Peru

Over 300 houses were destroyed and infrastructure damaged in a devastating fire which swept through the community surrounding newly certified Fairtrade mine MACDESA on the afternoon of 4th July 2015. Our thoughts are with the families of those affected.

Fairtrade response to Aldis support for the Fruit and Veg pledge

The Fairtrade Foundation has welcomed the news that Aldi has become the first retailer to sign up to the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) initiative aiming to protect and grow UK growers.  

Fairtrade Foundation sets out five point agenda to reduce poverty through trade

Trade is a blunt tool that can harm as well as help poverty reduction, the Fairtrade Foundation warns in a new briefing paper published today.

Fairtrade Foundation welcomes new supply chain transparency requirement

The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes the UK Government’s decision to introduce the new Transparency in Supply Chains requirement for any company with a turnover of £36 million or more. This move means that more than 12,000 companies will fall under the new legislation from October, forcing them to prove what they are doing to stop slavery and trafficking in their supply chains. This in effect will create a groundswell of change in how businesses recognise and respond to issues of slavery and forced labour in supply chains.

Response to Mail on Sunday on devastating impacts of La Roya

The Mail on Sunday has recently published an article highlighting how a group of coffee farmers in Mexico are earning very low incomes due to the double blow of continued downward pressure on market prices and an outbreak of crop disease ‘La Roya’, meaning the amount of coffee they are able to sell is greatly reduced.

Celebrate Organic September with a Fairtrade twist

There are around 950 products that are both Fairtrade and organic currently available in the UK. Organic farming has become increasingly popular with Fairtrade certified producers, with 51 per cent of all farmers who are part of the scheme holding an organic certification.

Milk protests

Commenting on the desperation that is driving dairy farmers to clear their milk from supermarket shelves in protest (The Independent, 4 Aug.), Fairtrade asks whether it is not time for the government to step in on the relentless price wars that are now forcing prices below even the cost of production, and highlights the plight of cocoa farmers in West Africa.

Fairtrade foods to be served in schools

The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes the inclusion of sustainability criteria in the new School Food Standards unveiled by Education Secretary Michael Gove earlier this week. The accompanying guidance to the new set of standards provides information for school cooks and caterers on how to procure and use Fairtrade products for school menus.