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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.
Public call for Asda and Tesco to switch their bananas to Fairtrade
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.
The former Chair of Fairtrade International, Marike de Peña, has been confirmed as a member of the Fairtrade Foundation Board of Trustees.
In response to Theresa May’s speech in Cape Town Tim Aldred, head of policy and research at the Fairtrade Foundation said:
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.
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.
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. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
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.