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  • Cocoa farmer in Ghana

    FAIRTRADE WELCOMES NEW COCOA FLOOR PRICE IN COTE D’IVOIRE AND GHANA AS BENEFIT FOR FARMERS

    19 June 2019 by Fairtrade International

    Fairtrade today welcomed the announcement by the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to implement a floor price for cocoa of US$2,600 per metric tonne. Farmers in the two countries, which together produce more than 60 percent of the world’s cocoa supply, have been hit hard by a collapse in cocoa prices in 2017.

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  • On a coffee farm in Nicaragua, a member of a fairtrade certified co-op collects dried coffee beans ready for transport to the coffee warehouse. By: Sean Hawkey

    Fairtrade and Colombian President meet to tackle coffee crisis

    14 June 2019 by Fairtrade International

    The leaders of Colombia and Fairtrade met on May 30th to discuss ways out of the global coffee price crisis which is driving millions of coffee farmers further into poverty.

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  • Hanging with rust resistant coffee plants with Carlos Reynoso Manager of Manos Campesinas (right) Alli O'Connell Accounts and Marketing Manager of Fairtrade America (center) and Victor Manuel Perez Lopez ACIPACU in Tajumulco, San Marcos, Guatemala.

    48 hours debunking the myth that fair trade coffee isn’t high quality

    12 June 2019 by Alli O'Connell, Marketing & Accounts Manager

    I spent 48 hours with Fairtrade coffee cooperatives in the Western Highlands of Guatemala and debunked the myth that fair trade coffee isn’t well…good.

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  • Students learning at a school in Malawi that was entirely funded by Fairtrade Premiums in 2012. By: Chris Terry

    One hundred years on – will we finally bring an end to child labor?

    12 June 2019 by Anita Sheth, Senior Advisor Social Compliance and Development, Fairtrade International

    In 2019 the International Labor Organization (ILO) is celebrating its 100th year. From the beginning, protecting children from labor exploitation has been a core part of ILO’s work.

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  • Fairtrade coffee farmers from KBQB

    Camp with Dad this Father’s Day

    10 June 2019 by Jason Sanches, Events & Campaigns Manager

    Summer is just about to begin and camping season is in full swing. Father’s Day is also right around the corner so what better way to spend quality time with dad than camping in Fairtrade style? Fuel your Father’s Day camping trip with this ethically-sourced gear.

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  • A worker plunges his hands into freshly picked coffee cherries in Caldas, Colombia.

    We love coffee. Are we willing to pay the price?

    6 June 2019 by Peter Kettler, Senior Coffee Manager at Fairtrade International

    How much is coffee worth to you?

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  • Coffee farmer in Indonesia

    Worried about wildlife? Sustainable agriculture could be the answer.

    4 June 2019 by Marika McAlevey, Fairtrade Sweden

    Earth's species are dying out faster than ever before, according to a new UN report. It’s clearly a global crisis - but it also directly affects us in our own local environment. We have to find a way to halt this catastrophic crisis in nature, and sustainable agriculture could provide the answer.

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  • Worker harvesting bananas in Ghana by Nathalie Bertrams

    Working Together for Better Wages in Ghana

    28 May 2019 by Martin Atkin, Fairtrade International

    Fairtrade is pioneering a new approach to labor relations on certified banana plantations. Trade unions, employers and workers are sitting down together to plan a future that is financially sustainable, gender inclusive and safe. Fairtrade International’s Senior Advisor Workers' Rights and Trade Union Relations, Wilbert Flinterman, reflects on an intense three days of meetings in Ghana.

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  • Isabella with coffee farmer in Colombia

    Isabella Pacheco on Coffee Sourcing

    22 May 2019 by Fairtrade Network of Asia and Pacific Producers

    Fairtrade is a global network working to share the benefits of trade more equitably. Recently, Fairtrade America’s own Isabella Pachecho was interviewed by the Fairtrade Network of Asia and Pacific Producers for the newsletter they share with their producers. Read more about Isabella and her advice for coffee producers as they grow their businesses.

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  • FACC Forum on Sustainability & Innovation

    Reduce your business’s carbon footprint by asking these two questions

    20 May 2019 by Alli O'Connell, Marketing & Accounts Manager

    In an attempt protect our planet, commodities, and livelihoods, the Paris Climate Agreement intends to maintain the increase in global temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Leaders in sustainability like Danone, Gotham Greens, L’Oréal, Terracycle and Fairtrade America came together at the FACC Forum on Sustainability & Innovation to discuss how they are taking an active role in global climate action.

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  • FAIR. Founder connecting with quinoa producers in Bolivia.

    Three Questions for Three Brands this World Fair Trade Day

    9 May 2019 by Alli O'Connell, Marketing & Accounts Manager

    World Fair Trade Day highlights the dynamic fair trade system that connects people around the world from farms to factories to retail stores all the way to our homes. Sourcing Fairtrade items is not always easy and requires brands to look hard at their supply chain and choose to make the ethical decision for the people and for the planet.

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  • The Pesticides & Alternatives App was launched in 2019!

    New app to reduce the use of highly toxic pesticides is now LIVE!

    7 May 2019 by Fairtrade International

    Fairtrade, along with a coalition of certification schemes promoting safer pest control, announces a new free app designed to support the reduction of highly toxic pesticide use.

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  • Flower Worker Zuhura in Tanzania ©Fairtrade Austria/ Georges Desrues

    Flower workers in Tanzania take first steps toward better wages

    1 May 2019 by Fairtrade International

    The foothills of the beautiful Arusha National Park in Tanzania are an unlikely setting for a quiet revolution in workers’ rights. In the shadow of the extinct Mount Meru volcano – the fourth highest peak in Africa - laborers on the Mount Meru flower farm grow more than 30 varieties of roses for export.

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  • Fairtrade Cotton Plant

    Cotton Farming Empowers Women in India

    23 April 2019 by Fairtrade International - Interview with Phulme Majhi, chairperson of the Pratima cooperative

    In the remote Bolangir district in the Odisha state of eastern India, the Pratima Organic Growers Group farm sustainable cotton. The cooperative is made up of 2088 individual members spread across 72 villages. Until now, they received little contact from the outside world and lived in relative poverty.

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  • Fairtrade cotton farmer with sign

    Dear fashion brands, what are you waiting for?

    22 April 2019 by Rossitza Krueger, Textiles Manager at Fairtrade International

    Fashion brands, we have some questions for you. It's been three years since Fairtrade launched its Textile Standard and Program so workers in the industry can enjoy better wages and conditions. But the big players in the fashion business are still reluctant to sign up. Why?

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