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Fairtrade farmers gearing up to address Child Labour

This year the International Labour Organization (ILO) aims to ‘give a #RedCard to Child Labour’. It calls upon the world to accelerate progress towards eradicating child labour, in particular through social protection systems as a key part of the response. The ILO estimates there are 168 million children still working across the globe. On World Day Against Child Labour we realize that while worldwide condemnation of child labour and standards prohibiting it are important, they are only part of the answer to successfully eradicating it.

Celebrating Fairtrade’s role in the new School Food Standards

Education Campaigns Manager Kate Jones welcomes the new School Food Standards with their guidance to make school food more nutritious and appealing, but also for their recognition of the need for schools to choose more sustainable food.

Real Brazil: Brazilian Fairtrade coffee producers reveal what the World Cup means to them

When you mention the word Brazil, people inevitably think of three things – carnival, football… and supermodels. Brazil has without much fanfare become an agricultural powerhouse, and is the world’s largest coffee producer and a significant player in the specialty coffee industry. As the 2014 World Cup kicks off, we ask three Brazilian Fairtrade coffee producers what the World Cup means to them. Daiana Tavares, General Manager, COOPFAM

Fairtrade Hired Labour Standards: steps to meaningful progress

New Fairtrade standards for hired labour, published in January, drive real change for workers across the globe. Richard Anstead, Head of Product Management at the Fairtrade Foundation, discusses the journey to unlocking the power of the many.

Climate Change: Committing to helping producers adapt

Orsola de Castro is creative director at fashion label From Somewhere, which makes clothes from recycled off cuts of luxury materials. She is also co-founder and co-curator of Estethica at London Fashion Week and a co-founder of Fashion Revolution Day.  Here Orsola reflects on why following the thread in our clothes from beginning to end is vital and why we need a revolution in fashion.

Vince Cable: Will you help Make Bananas Fair?

As Business Secretary Vince Cable has a run in with some human bananas this week, Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation, urges government to act to Make Bananas Fair. 

Fairtrade Fortnight: The Last Leg

The weekend saw the face of Fairtrade Fortnight, Foncho, visiting Scotland as the final leg of the Fortnight producer tour. Donna Simpson, press officer at the Fairtrade Foundation, witnessed the strength behind the campaign with him.

On the road with a Fairtrade producer

Jenny Foster, Bristol and South West Fairtrade Co-ordinator, has been hosting Margarita Espinoza, a Fairtrade coffee producer from Nicaragua, this Fairtrade Fortnight. Here Jenny explains how valuable producer tours are.

Valuing our bananas on Save a Banana Day

On Save a Banana Day, Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, documents a recent visit to banana producers and workers in Ghana, and tells us why valuing our bananas, and those who produce them, is more important than ever.