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  • Green Fairtrade Bananas

    Can I manifest Fairtrade Organic bananas in my neighborhood in DC?

    25 July 2019 by Alli O'Connell, Marketing & Accounts Manager

    Fairtrade’s Marketing & Accounts Manager Alli O’Connell shares her audacious goal to get Fairtrade bananas in her neighborhood grocery store.

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  • TCGA members at Annual General Meeting

    Fairtrade is far from finished.

    24 July 2019 by Fairtrade International

    Fairtrade response to Guardian Long Read article 'Is fair trade finished?'

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  • Worker in one of the tea plantations in Sukambizi, Malawi photo by: Chris Terry

    Decent work and a decent income. It’s not much to ask, is it?

    5 July 2019 by By Gelkha Buitrago, Director of Standards & Pricing, Fairtrade International

    There’s a saying in English: “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” Put simply, it means that if people collaborate, they can often achieve more than if each person worked on their own.

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  • Handfuls of dry pergamino coffee at a Fairtrade certified coffee producer in Colombia. By: Sean Hawkey

    There’s only one way out of the global coffee crisis. Pay more.

    2 July 2019 by By Darío Soto Abril, CEO, Fairtrade International and Roberto Vélez, CEO, Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC)

    The global coffee industry is facing an unprecedented price crisis which not only threatens our daily cup of the black stuff but also - far more importantly - jeopardizes the livelihoods of millions of small-scale growers around the world. Coffee traders, roasters and retailers must face the fact that not paying a fair price to farmers risks the future economic sustainability of the global coffee business.

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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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  • 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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  • TCGA members at Annual General Meeting

    Fairtrade revises flagship standard

    18 April 2019 by Alli O'Connell, Marketing & Accounts Manager Fairtrade America

    Small-scale farmers play an important role in global food production, but they benefit least from global trade. We consulted with them to revise our core certification standard for small-scale producer organizations.

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  • fair trade holiday 2017

    Gifts that Give Back

    13 December 2018 by Fairtrade America Team

    As the holidays approach, we know you're likely still searching for that perfect gift! Consider how you might double the joy this season by purchasing gifts that are sustainable, ethical, and fair?


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    A World of Cooperatives

    13 December 2018 by Hans Theyer, Executive Director

    There’s an indelible connection between grocery co-ops and independent retailers in the United States and the small-scale farmers around the world who have banded together to improve lives in their communities through Fairtrade. 

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  • new price premium fairtrade cocoa

    Cocoa farmers to earn more with higher Minimum Price

    4 December 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    Fairtrade consultation results in higher minimum price for cocoa sales on Fairtrade terms & introduction of innovative living income benchmarks for cocoa in Ghana & Ivory Coast, as part of Fairtrade’s strategy to enable living incomes

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