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Shoppers in Asda in Stafford must have got a shock when they encountered two Friesian cows in the supermarket aisle. Following further price cuts from milk processors, dairy farmers have recently escalated their protests to a Milk Trolley Challenge removing their product from shop shelves because the price no longer even covers the cost of production.
With the General Election imminent, the outcome remains highly uncertain. What could we expect from a new government from Fairtrade’s point of view? Campaigners have been attending hustings and asking questions on doorsteps across the UK, asking that whoever is in Downing Street, the concerns of Fairtrade farmers and workers will be at the top of the agenda.
Last Saturday, I travelled to Manchester to attend the Co-operative Group’s Annual General Meeting, the first one in its history to be held under a one-member-one-vote system.
I started Cafeology just over 10 years ago.
Dear Prime Minister,
A new Government is always an opportunity to build brave new ideas about making our society and our world a better, fairer and more sustainable place to live.
Pippa Small MBE, Fairtrade and ethical jewellery designer, reflects on meeting first Fairtrade gold miners, after winning the Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year category at the UK Jewellery Awards 2015.
Winner of Fairtrade International’s ‘World’s Fairest Trader’ award last year, Karma Cola is now available in Waitrose stores nationwide.
The SDGs are expected to be signed up to and endorsed by the UN and member countries in September this year and lay out an aspirational and universal agenda to eradicate poverty once and for all. But can they really do this when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) preceding them left altogether unequal progress (especially for Sub-Saharan Africa as you can see from the graphs above)?
Gilbert Ramirez, a Fairtrade sugar cane and coffee farmer from Coope Agri, reflects on the Sustainable Sugar Forum run by Business Innovations that took place earlier this month.
Find answers to some of the questions that are frequently asked about Fairtrade.
Ever wondered how many farmers and workers are involved with Fairtrade? Or how the Fairtrade Premium is used? Here's a snapshot from our latest data.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.