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Stand by sugar cane farmers failed by EU

Fairtrade calls for a new approach that puts farmers first

Fairtrade increases focus on producer impact in midst of tough grocery climate

Wider grocery trends impact value of Fairtrade’s UK retail sales, down 3.7% in 2014. New commitment from Mars set to boost sales of Fairtrade cocoa. New partnership with Waitrose set to benefit producers in developing countries.

Fairtrade Foundation announces first of its kind partnership with Waitrose

The Fairtrade Foundation and Waitrose have today [20 February 2015] announced a new partnership - the first of its kind between a retail business and the Fairtrade Foundation - in the run-up to the annual Fairtrade Fortnight campaign (23 February – 8 March 2015).  The partnership establishes a new and collaborative way of working together whereby Fairtrade and Waitrose will share best practice, experiences and a joint ambition to build upon sustainable supply chain models.

Mars and Fairtrade extend partnership to certify cocoa for MARS Bars

Mars Chocolate UK and Fairtrade Foundation extend partnership to source Fairtrade certified cocoa for MARS® Bars in UK and Ireland. Mars is the first UK company to commit to Fairtrade’s new Cocoa Sourcing Programme, building on Mars’ ongoing commitment to certify its entire cocoa supply as being produced in a sustainable manner by 2020. Mars is initiating an innovative new approach with Fairtrade cocoa cooperatives in Cote d’Ivoire enabling farmers to boost sustainable production and cocoa yields and improve local livelihoods. Building on the Fairtrade certification of MALTESERS® in 2012, this takes total Fairtrade premiums paid by Mars globally to cocoa cooperatives in West Africa to over US$2m per year by 2016.

Evocative film Fairtrade Matters premieres

A cinematic glimpse into the challenges faced by tea producers in Malawi as recent floods leave hundreds dead, many more homeless and crops devastated  

MPs support Fairtrade Fortnight

Sugar cane farmers from Malawi and Jamaica tell MPs why Fairtrade matters

New UN panel for Womens Economic Empowerment

Today, the UN launched the first High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

COFFEE FIX NEEDS FAIR PRICES SAYS FAIRTRADE

Any looming coffee crisis won’t just be due to finer tastes, it will also be due to shortcomings in investment by the coffee market in producers long term and the increasing impact of climate change in the coffee producing regions, said the Fairtrade Foundation.

Fairtrade welcomes Mark Price as new Trade Minister

The Fairtrade Foundation welcomed the news that Mark Price, former Managing Director of Waitrose, is to be appointed as the new Trade and Investment minister.