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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.

Loving a bargain doesn't mean we shouldn't still seek out the right shopping choices

In the latest installment of a series of thought pieces looking at how highly shoppers place ethical credentials on their list, Fairtrade campaigner Jenny Foster shares her thoughts on our struggle between the hunt for a bargain and trying to make the right ethical choices.

#Befair: Fairness in fashion has to come now

With the launch of our Great British Fairness Debate this week, Safia Minney – founder and CEO of fair trade and sustainable fashion label People Tree – looks at what role we can all play to promote fairness in business and beyond...

It may be uncomfortable but we need to engage in much more of this kind of self-examination

In the latest instalment of a series of thought pieces looking at how highly shoppers place ethical credentials on their list, writer Julian Baggini shares his view...

Crisis for Sugar Cane Farmers

Fairtrade sugar has been a success story. In 2013 over $13 million in Fairtrade Premiums went back to over 60,000 smallholder farmers in countries such as Belize, Fiji, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and many more. This money was spent by smallholders on productivity, environmental and social projects.

Putting women at the centre of Ghana’s cocoa production

Martine Parry, media manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, visited Ghana earlier this year to see how Fairtrade cocoa co-operative Kuapa Kokoo is empowering women to transform their lives.

The reality behind ‘bananageddon’

‘Bananageddon’ is a word that has been bandied around this weekend in national newspapers, ahead of an upcoming report from the United Nations (UN) on the spread of Panama disease across banana farms and the devastating effect it is having on farmers.

From cotton fields to cutting floors: it’s time to revolutionise the fashion industry

Rachel Hearson, Fairtrade Foundation Account Manager for Major Retailers Cotton, recounts her own personal journey into the lives of cotton farming communities and speaks about how UK shoppers are now demanding that the people making their clothes get a fair deal.