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A few weeks ago history was made when the UK decided to leave the EU. The impact on business, the grocery industry and the Fairtrade movement in particular, could be profound. What will happen to the single market? What will happen to our food prices? After all, food security was one of the main reasons the European common market was set up and businesses have been following its rules of trade for decades.
This week Lidl becomes the latest UK supermarket to offer its customers Fairtrade flowers as it launches a range of roses from Tanzania in all its stores across the country. This new range* will see Fairtrade flowers blooming on the high street alongside those sold in Sainsbury’s, the Co-op, Aldi, Morrisons, M&S, Asda and Tesco. Jennifer Shepherd looks at the many positives Fairtrade flowers have already brought to poor communities.
2016 is a big year for brands looking to tap into the growing health conscious audience. And the soft drinks market is ripe and for the picking. As the pioneer in fairly traded soft drinks, Natural Beverages Co., celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, Fraser Johnston explains how the company combines innovation with their Fairtrade values.
A report published this week by Oxfam has criticised the Paris climate talks for having ‘failed’ poorer countries adapting to global warming. Entitled “Unfinished Business”, it points out the financial support pledged to tackle climate change falls well short of what is needed which means those most vulnerable to its impact – small-scale farmers – are being 'left on their own'. Victor Biwot, a tea farmer from Kenya, agrees the West needs to be more realistic.
With the Olympics shining a spotlight on Brazil, we turn to the farmers who cultivate one of the country’s treasures – coffee. Brazil grows about a third of all coffee, making it by far the heavyweight champion of the coffee-producing world. Carlos Renato Alvarenga Theodoro from a Fairtrade-certified coffee cooperative CAFESUL reflects how Fairtrade has helped farmers find their fortunes by investing in top quality production.
The quest for fair, conscious fashion is coming out of the shadows. This is evidenced by the rise of movers and shakers committed to producing in a sustainable way that is good for both people and the planet. Ahead of Organic September, designer Zoë Gale considers the need for Fairtrade and organic fashion, and explains how each of us can get involved.
On Tuesday 8 March, the Fairtrade Foundation will be hosting a Twitter Q&A with Ivania Calderón Peralta from the Fairtrade-certified Union of Co-operatives CECOCAFEN, Nicaragua, from our London office. Please give Ivania a warm welcome and ask her a question using the hashtag #FTchats.
Options for those seeking dairy-free chocolate this Easter can be limited, but one company is bucking the trend and showing that you don’t have to sacrifice ethical credentials in the hunt for dairy-free.
Eileen Maybin, Senior Media Adviser – Special Initiatives at the Fairtrade Foundation, reports from the Africa Fairtrade Convention.
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.
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 futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.