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Fighting the banana price wars on World Fair Trade Day

To coincide with World Fair Trade Day, Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation, reflects on the debate generated by Fairtrade’s campaign for Fair Banana Pricing.

Working for the Common Good

A new project to improve the impact of Fairtrade for workers on small farms, and better support the vulnerable farmers who employ them, will begin this year. Caroline Hickson, from Fairtrade International, discusses the drive toward enabling Fairtrade to be a stronger tool in the empowerment of workers.

Fairtrade at 20: The Power of You

Called “Fairtrade at 20: The Power of You”, the free exhibition will run for three weeks, and through images of farmers and producers illustrates the history of the Fairtrade movement which also includes consumers, campaigners and fairtrade organisations.

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.