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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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    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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    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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