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Transforming lives, setting trends

Interview with Safia Minney, founder and CEO of People Tree.

Enabling African entrepreneurs to build a better future

A Comic Relief funded partnership between Fairtrade Africa and Shared Interest Foundation is providing vital access to finance for farmers and handcraft makers in Africa.

Meet Kady Waylie this International Women’s Day

Kady is one of West Africa’s 10 million cotton farmers. She and her family grow their own food, but their cash comes from growing cotton.

Get your Fairtrade tee this Red Nose Day

My small son announced breathlessly yesterday when I collected him from school, “it’s Red Nose Day soon Mummy, I can’t wait!” We were both excited, each for different reasons. He because of the appealing crimson character noses that he can collect this week. I because of the stylish range of T-shirts designed by some of the biggest names in British fashion which are now on sale in TK Maxx and modelled by a long list of celebrity names including David Gandy and Tom Hiddleston.

Making gender equality in supply chains business as usual

As we approach International Women’s Day, some might question whether we still need an official day to champion women's rights and celebrate their achievements.  But while businesses are likely to have addressed the issue of equal rights for their employees,  most organisations still have some work to do to ensure that gender equality extends right along their supply chains.

Going above and beyond the Fairtrade label

Here at Cafédirect we have always strived to provide an exemplary model and go above and beyond the Fairtrade label, using business as a force for good to change lives and build communities. In addition to the Fairtrade social premiums we pay for the crops, Cafédirect reinvest at least one third of our profits to grower businesses and communities. To date, we have invested over 50% of the profits back into the 40 producer organisations they support across 14 countries! For examples of projects that benefitted from this initiative, visit http://www.cafedirect.co.uk/discover-our-difference/reinvestment/.

Touching upon humanity

Interview with Will Robson-Scott, the film director of Fairtrade Matters There is a certain satisfaction you get from truly doing it your way. Starting it, following through and owning it. Will Robson-Scott is an artist true to what's inside of him. Fascinated with people living on the fringes of society, urban outsiders and raw human energy, the London-born photographer and filmmaker has found a wide acclaim with five Vimeo ‘Staff Picks’, a YouTube phenomenon ‘Chi Raq’, and recently with the project on John and his dog George. His new short film created for the Fairtrade Foundation provides a glimpse into the lives of two tea growers in Malawi. We caught up shortly before the film premiere in London…

Beyond cash for access, who is really calling the shots in EU trade policy

Today, to mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight, we launched our Sugar Crash report, highlighting the potentially disastrous consequences of recent EU sugar reform for hundreds of thousands of small scale sugar cane farmers and their families.

Flooding in Malawi

Support farming communities to get back on their feet