The Fairtrade Blog & News

  • 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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    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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  • Friendsgiving banana suits

    The Ultimate Fairtrade Friendsgiving Menu

    15 November 2018 by Naledi Sekgapane, Marketing and External Relations Intern

    Fairtrade your Friendsgiving to create the most memorable feast this year with our Ultimate Friendsgiving Menu! Whether you’re playing host or are an honored guest, these mouthwatering recipes use ethically-sourced ingredients that will excite your taste buds and leave your conscience clear.

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    Fairtrade Tops $9 Billion in Global Sales for First Time on 8% Growth

    26 October 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    Global sales of Fairtrade products rose by 8 percent to nearly $9.2 billion in 2017, generating Fairtrade Premiums of more than $193 million for farmers’ and workers’ organizations. The US now ranks as the third largest market for Fairtrade goods behind the United Kingdom and Germany. Retail sales in the US topped $1 billion.

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  • Happy Halloween

    Scare Up Some Fairness This Halloween

    9 October 2018 by Najy Kamal, Digital Communications Manager

    October isn’t just about ghouls and goblins – it’s also about fairness for farmers. 

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  • Bananas Colombia

    What Price, Bananas? New Report Reveals the Hidden Damage in Bunches

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

    Bananas may be the most familiar fruit on grocery store shelves, but behind that billboard-bright exterior are steep external costs that take a heavy toll on the planet and people. New research from Fairtrade conducted by True Price/Trucost reveals the hidden social and environmental damage in a box of bananas.

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  • Coffee Price ICE C Tumbles

    Drip, drip, Drop: Tumbling coffee price puts farmers in peril

    25 September 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    The global price for coffee hit a 12-year low recently jeopardizing the livelihoods of the 17.7 million small-scale farmers who produce over 80 percent of the world’s coffee. The volatility of international coffee prices leaves many wondering what the future holds for farmers and the industry. Learn more and find out how you can help.

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  • Organic India supplement

    Good for you, good for farmers: Introducing the World’s First Fairtrade Supplements

    12 September 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    Organic India is launching the world’s first Fairtrade certified supplements, including Tulsi (Holy Basil), Cinnamon, Ginger, and Trikatu, a blend of herbs to support digestion*. By certifying their supplements with Fairtrade, Organic India invites people to join their sustainability journey and brings a new level of transparency to the wellness sector.


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  • Alberta Guarchaj, Vice-President of the Nahuala. coffee coop weaves a new woman's top called a huipil.

    Fairtrade Figures, What Can Data tell Us?

    28 August 2018 by Arisbe Mendoza, Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at Fairtrade International

    This article originally appeared on Fairtrade International's website.

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    Imagine an End to Human Trafficking

    27 July 2018 by Margot Conover, External Relations Manager

    New research from the Walk Free Foundation estimates that more than 40 million people are trapped in modern slavery. Ending modern slavery, which affects all countries around the globe, requires a concerted effort of governments, advocacy organizations, businesses, and individuals. Learn about simple steps you can take to contribute to a solution.

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    Fairtrade Gifts for Dad

    22 May 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager

    Father's Day is right around the corner -- make it one to remember with these Fairtrade Father's Day gifts

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  • Adult and Baby Elephants, Credit to ESC

    #Stand4Fairness with Endangered Species Chocolate

    3 May 2018 by Jason from the World Fairtrade Challenge Team

    To an activist, the word impact can mean a lot of things. Impact is the white whale of the consciously-minded person or businesses. It’s how we measure our change in the world – change that, no matter how large or small,  we hope will grow into something greater.


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  • Fairtrade Cotton Farmers Senegal

    Kick Off Your Sustainable Fashion Journey with Fairtrade Cotton

    25 April 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager

    Interest in sustainable fashion is booming as the Fashion Revolution sweeps the globe, but don’t forget about the small-scale cotton farmers at the beginning of most supply chains.

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  • Cotton Farmers - Who Made My Clothes - Fashion Revolution

    Why I’m Standing in Solidarity with Fashion Revolution to Ask Brands #WhoMadeMyClothes

    23 April 2018 by Subindu Garkhel, Fairtrade Foundation

    Fashion Revolution Week, April 23-29, is a call for change in the fashion industry. Subindu Garkhel, cotton manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains how we’re all connected to the often-invisible farmers and garment workers who make our clothes. Fairtrade America joins in asking brands #WhoMadeMyClothes?

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