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Cocoa response

The Fairtrade Foundation responds to warnings that chocolate could run out if the cocoa sector doesn't become more sustainable.

SHOPPERS STAND BEHIND FAIRTRADE THROUGH TOUGH GROCERY MARKET

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.

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.

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:

Aldi flowers

Aldi has become the fastest growing retailer of Fairtrade roses following a 21 per cent surge in year-on-year sales.

Jewellers offering Fairtrade gold recognised at the 2016 UK Jewellery Awards

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.

EU referendum

The Fairtrade Foundation responds to the UK referendum vote to leave the European Union.

Sustainable Cotton Ranking

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.