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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.
Fairtrade, along with a coalition of certification schemes promoting safer pest control, announces the launch of a new free app designed to support the reduction of highly toxic pesticide use.
Consumers see Fairtrade as a reflection of their personal vales, based on fair prices, living income and improving farmer livlihoods. A multi-country survey released today shows that nine in ten (91%) British shoppers are familiar with the FAIRTRADE Mark. A majority believe it reflects their personal values.
A new consumer survey shows that 39% of shoppers who know about/are aware of Fairtrade wine look for the FAIRTRADE Mark on wines and spirits when they shop, an increase of 10 percentage points, up from 29% in 2010.
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.
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.