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Milk protests

Commenting on the desperation that is driving dairy farmers to clear their milk from supermarket shelves in protest (The Independent, 4 Aug.), Fairtrade asks whether it is not time for the government to step in on the relentless price wars that are now forcing prices below even the cost of production, and highlights the plight of cocoa farmers in West Africa.

Ask us what we want or you lose a generation of cocoa growers

Today, Friday 7th October, Fairtrade cocoa farmer Fortin Bley from Ivory Coast addressed delegates at the London Chocolate Forum, warning that unless the international cocoa industry does more to involve farmers, it will risk losing a generation of cocoa growers.

Africas first Fairtrade certified gold co-operative offers hope

Syanyonja Artisan Miners' Alliance (SAMA) has become the first artisanal small scale mining co-operative in Africa to become Fairtrade certified, bringing much needed hope to impoverished communities who risk their lives to mine the rich gold seam that runs around Lake Victoria.

GCA Review

The Groceries Code Action Network (GCAN), a coalition of NGOs, unions and food groups welcomes the launch today (18 October 2016) of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s review of the Groceries Code Adjudicator’s (GCA) role and remit.

Panorama

The Fairtrade Foundation responds to BBC's Panorama's programme, Undercover: The Refugees Who Make Our Clothes, aired Monday 24 October.

Response to fire in community surrounding Fairtrade mining cooperative MACDESA in Peru

Over 300 houses were destroyed and infrastructure damaged in a devastating fire which swept through the community surrounding newly certified Fairtrade mine MACDESA on the afternoon of 4th July 2015. Our thoughts are with the families of those affected.

Fairtrade response to Aldis support for the Fruit and Veg pledge

The Fairtrade Foundation has welcomed the news that Aldi has become the first retailer to sign up to the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) initiative aiming to protect and grow UK growers.  

Fairtrade Foundation sets out five point agenda to reduce poverty through trade

Trade is a blunt tool that can harm as well as help poverty reduction, the Fairtrade Foundation warns in a new briefing paper published today.

Fairtrade Foundation welcomes new supply chain transparency requirement

The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes the UK Government’s decision to introduce the new Transparency in Supply Chains requirement for any company with a turnover of £36 million or more. This move means that more than 12,000 companies will fall under the new legislation from October, forcing them to prove what they are doing to stop slavery and trafficking in their supply chains. This in effect will create a groundswell of change in how businesses recognise and respond to issues of slavery and forced labour in supply chains.