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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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  • Fairtrade America Team at Banana Farm

    Banana Producers Thrive in Colombia

    9 April 2019 by Michael Cakmes, Business Development Manager - Produce

    Some members of our team recently traveled to Colombia to visit banana farms in order to increase the supply of Fairtrade bananas in the US. Michael Cakmes recounts part of the journey and what Fairtrade means to him.

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  • volunteer activist fair trade flowers

    Where Art, Flowers and Farm Workers Meet

    22 August 2016 by Federico Hewson, Community Artist & Activist

    Federico Hewson is a community artist in New York City who uses flowers as the medium for his work. After using Fairtrade flowers in an art project ten years ago, he became passionate about flower farm workers in Colombia. Federico writes about his journey with flowers and shares his thoughts about how anyone can become an activist and support what they believe by using their unique talents.

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  • Banana Workers in Colombia

    Banana workers helping to rebuild a peaceful, just society in Colombia

    19 July 2016 by Harold Suarez, Employee at Montesol, Colombia

    As Colombia rebuilds its society after years of civil war, banana plantations in Urabá, one of the worst affected regions, are empowering workers to have a say in their futures

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