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Offering resilience in a fragile land

In a fragile landscape farmers need to know how to steward their natural resources to preserve them, and build up productivity generation after generation. In the face of climate change and the restrictions of the Israeli occupation, Fairtrade supports their resilience to unpredictable circumstances.

Baking for me is all about creating memories

In a series of blogs on Homemade with Fairtrade, the finalist in the first series of the nation’s favourite Great British Bake Off, Miranda Gore Browne, reveals what she’s baking this Christmas and why she took part in the show five years ago.

Christmas in Malawi

In a series of blogs on Homemade with Fairtrade, which centres around seasonal baking and food provenance, we are asking people from around the world about how they celebrate festivals and public holidays in their communities.

A sugar cane farmer Allan Saidi blogs about Fairtrade Fortnight

Allan Saidi is taking part in the Fairtrade campaigners' producer tour across Wales during Fairtrade Fortnight with Fair Trade Wales. Find out where you can meet him here .

From milk to bananas

The UK’s dairy farmers are kicking up a stink. They’ve been complaining loudly that the prices they are being paid by supermarkets aren’t enough to cover their costs, and that farmers are going out of business as a result. With supermarkets cutting prices to fend off the challenge from discount stores like Aldi and Lidl, dairy farmers feel that they are losing out. This week, it led some to take to the streets to raise awareness with the public.  

Going above and beyond the Fairtrade label

Here at Cafédirect we have always strived to provide an exemplary model and go above and beyond the Fairtrade label, using business as a force for good to change lives and build communities. In addition to the Fairtrade social premiums we pay for the crops, Cafédirect reinvest at least one third of our profits to grower businesses and communities. To date, we have invested over 50% of the profits back into the 40 producer organisations they support across 14 countries! For examples of projects that benefitted from this initiative, visit http://www.cafedirect.co.uk/discover-our-difference/reinvestment/.

Beyond cash for access, who is really calling the shots in EU trade policy

Today, to mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight, we launched our Sugar Crash report, highlighting the potentially disastrous consequences of recent EU sugar reform for hundreds of thousands of small scale sugar cane farmers and their families.

Flooding in Malawi

Support farming communities to get back on their feet     Starting January 7, the heaviest rains for 40 years struck Malawi, resulting in devastating floods. According to reports, over 300,000 people have been displaced and more than a million people will be affected by destruction of agriculture. Faith Muisyo of Fairtrade Africa tells us what’s happening on the ground, and what we need to do to help. 

Touching upon humanity

Interview with Will Robson-Scott, the film director of Fairtrade Matters There is a certain satisfaction you get from truly doing it your way. Starting it, following through and owning it. Will Robson-Scott is an artist true to what's inside of him. Fascinated with people living on the fringes of society, urban outsiders and raw human energy, the London-born photographer and filmmaker has found a wide acclaim with five Vimeo ‘Staff Picks’, a YouTube phenomenon ‘Chi Raq’, and recently with the project on John and his dog George. His new short film created for the Fairtrade Foundation provides a glimpse into the lives of two tea growers in Malawi. We caught up shortly before the film premiere in London…