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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.
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:
Aldi has become the fastest growing retailer of Fairtrade roses following a 21 per cent surge in year-on-year sales.
Jewellers and partners working with Fairtrade gold performed very well at last night’s 2016 UK Jewellery Awards, the premier event of the jewellery industry sponsored by Clogau.
The Fairtrade Foundation responds to the UK referendum vote to leave the European Union.
The report ‘Sustainable Cotton
Ranking’ published by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK, Solidaridad and WWF finds
that “the majority of international companies using the most cotton globally
are failing to deliver on cotton sustainability”. Just eight companies out of
37 were ranked outside the so-called ‘red zone’ in the research conducted by
the brand-comparison site Rank a Brand.
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.