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LEAN TIMES FOR THE FARMERS WHO GROW OUR BREAKFASTS

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.

ASDA AND TESCO RECEIVE 100k REQUESTS FOR FAIRTRADE BANANAS

Public call for Asda and Tesco to switch their bananas to Fairtrade

Low prices to UK dairy farmers parallels with Fairtrade concerns

Fairtrade says it is time to stop pitting farmers and shoppers against each other and address the imbalance of power in supply chains

FAIRTRADE SALES HOLD STEADY DESPITE SUPERMARKET PRICE WARS

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 - Choose products that change lives

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.

Marike de Peña joins Fairtrade Foundation Board of Trustees

The former Chair of Fairtrade International, Marike de Peña, has been confirmed as a member of the Fairtrade Foundation Board of Trustees.

Theresa May speech response

In response to Theresa May’s speech in Cape Town Tim Aldred, head of policy and research at the Fairtrade Foundation said:

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.