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Fairtrade Fortnight 2014: Make Bananas Fair

Today marks the launch of Fairtrade Fortnight and the Make Bananas Fair campaign. Michael Gidney, Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, explains why we need to make sure all bananas are sourced fairly and ethically in the UK.

A good gold story…

A recent report has revealed that gold from conflict zones is entering gold markets illegally. Allan Bond of BT Global Services recently travelled to Tanzania with a group of BT employees to see the difference that Fairtrade gold is making to a small group of artisanal miners in Geita.

Meet Foncho - the face of Fairtrade Fortnight 2014

This week marks the start of the Fairtrade Foundation’s Make Bananas Fair campaign – a campaign targeted at government to intervene in supermarket pricing practices.

What do you do with 5,000 Fairtrade bananas?

This Monday saw the world’s first ever Fairtrade banana billboard unveiled on Clapham Common to mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight. Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains the thinking behind the 5,000 banana-studded stunt.

Setting the Fairtrade Minimum price - about more than just keeping the wolf from the door

Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation, recently visited Embracoop, a 70-member co-operative close to Santa Marta on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Here he explains why farmers need a fair price for their fruit to earn a sustainable living.

Fairtrade: connecting small producers with the rest of the world

2014 marks an important year for the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK: 20 years since we first saw Fairtrade chocolate, coffee and tea hit the shelves. Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, talks about what the past two decades have meant for Fairtrade farmers and workers and what the future holds.

Where the Tea Trail leads

Jane Snell, Product Manager for tea at the Fairtrade Foundation, reflects on Simon Reeve’s BBC2 documentary  on ‘The Tea Trail’ this week and what it means for Fairtrade, the different players in the tea industry and tea drinkers.

Farmers want to sell more product on Fairtrade terms - we must scale up

When Fairtrade campaigner Lucy Walker applied to be a Fairtrade schools mentor with People and Planet, she didn’t expect that a year later she’d be meeting producers first-hand in Ghana. In this guest blog, Lucy questions the difference that more Fairtrade could make to millions of smallholder farmers.

When going to school is too dangerous kids are kept in child labor

That's what teachers told a group of girls when they reported sexual violence in their schools. If they spoke out, they were told, they'd be asked to leave the school, word would spread, and they might be forced to leave their communities. In this sugar-growing community in South America, toilet facilities in schools are particularly risky places for girls, as are social events organized at school after hours. "The men get us to go behind the toilets and because there is no lighting they force us to do things which we don't like," explained the girls. "We can't tell anyone, as even our women teachers ask us to be silent."