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    Setting our sights on the future

    15 September 2017 by Darío Soto Abril, CEO of Fairtrade International

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of Fairtrade International. Over these two decades, Fairtrade has gone from being a small initiative to a global movement. In 2015 alone, $8.1 billion Fairtrade products were consumed, a 16% increase from 2014. These purchases benefited 1.6 million producers and workers across 75 countries.

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    Ten Tantalizing Chocolate Facts

    12 September 2017 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    Some say life without chocolate wouldn’t be worth living, but how much do you really know about this indulgent treat? Break open a bar, plop on the sofa, and spend a few minutes learning what makes Fairtrade chocolate so good - and how Fairtrade farmers' efforts to improve their businesses, adapt to climate change, and assure human rights help ensure the future of chocolate.

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  • PRAGOR Equal Exchange Avocado Visit

    Unpacking the Avocado Industry

    7 September 2017 by Nicole Vitello, President of Oke USA

    Small-scale avocado growers in Mexico face many challenges in bringing their fruit to market in the US. The explosive interest in the knobby green fruit has resulted in heavy pressure on the local environment and a crowded marketplace. Nicole Vitello, President of Oke USA, the produce team of Equal Exchange, pens this guest blog chronicling her recent visit with PRAGOR, a Fairtrade farmer organization.

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    That Fairtrade Terroir: New Wines Hit US Market

    29 August 2017 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    Terroir refers to the natural environment in which wine grapes grow. Soil, topography, climate all working in harmony to impart flavor and taste, but at Fairtrade we think the people growing the grapes and making the wine are just as important. For National Cabernet Sauvignon Day (August 31), we spoke with Giles Thomas of Baobab Wines about what makes a Fairtrade wine so special.

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  • FI Birthday

    Celebrating 20 Years of Fairtrade International

    7 July 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager

    Fairtrade International recently turned 20! Join us in a look back on what’s been achieved so far, and look forward to building the Fairtrade of the future.

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    ‘B’ is for Benefit, Businesses doing Better

    18 May 2017 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager, Fairtrade America

    For many, the only measure of success in business is maximizing profit, but a growing crop of companies is putting social and environmental issues on an equal footing with B Corps and Fairtrade.

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    How to Be a Climate Activist According to Bananas

    17 May 2017 by Margot Conover, Manager of External Relations, Fairtrade America

    Climate got you down? We know climate change can seem like an overwhelming problem! 

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    Leveling the ground for women in Kenya’s flower industry

    10 May 2017 by Fairtrade America

    This Mother’s Day, Fairtrade is proud to celebrate mothers everywhere. Today we shine a spotlight on Rosemary Achieng, a mother of three who is also a supervisor at a Kenyan flower farm. Look for Fairtrade products as you shop for your mother this year!


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  • Coffee farmers set up virtual university in Honduras

    Getting Digi with IT

    17 April 2017 by Mary Linnell-Simmons, Marketing & Communications Manager

    How does Fairtrade change the lives of farmers? Well, coffee farmers set up the first virtual university in Honduras using their Fairtrade Premium.

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    Finding Justice for Farmworkers, Telling their Story

    29 March 2017 by Kerstin Lindgren, Campaign Director at Fair World Project - Photos courtesy of Kati Greaney Photography

    As we celebrate Cesar Chavez and his achievements for farmworkers across the U.S., Kerstin Lindgren of the Fair World Project shares this blog on the importance of supporting dignified work for farmworkers.

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