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    Fiji sugar farmers adapt to survive

    10 November 2017 by Fairtrade International

    When Cyclone Winston drove a destructive path across the Pacific in February 2016, it was just the latest in a series of extreme weather events to hit Fiji. Winston left 44 people dead in its wake and is estimated to have caused more than $1.4 billion worth of damage across the region. As so often before, farming communities bore the brunt of the devastation. Communities there are struggling to adapt to the effects of climate change.

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    Fairtrade Impact: How do we measure up?

    2 November 2017 by Arisbe Mendoza, Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at Fairtrade International,

    How do we know when Fairtrade succeeds? How do we know when there's room for improvement? Measuring impact is a difficult task requiring long-term investment and a complex understanding of the topic. Arisbe Mendoza, Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at Fairtrade International, provides this guest blog on the release of Fairtrade’s latest impact report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

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    Take your baking to the next level

    6 October 2017 by The Fair Trade Bake Sale Team

    Fair trade month is upon us! That means that it’s time to celebrate baking with Fairtrade ingredients! You may now be asking yourself, “Where oh where can I find some lovely Fairtrade ingredients?” Well look no further, the Fair Trade Bake Sale team has got you covered. 

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    7 things you didn't know were Fairtrade & Organic

    21 September 2017 by Fairtrade America

    Out of a wide range of great Fairtrade products, there are many that are also organic certified! We’re celebrating all things organic for National Organic Month this September with this great list.

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    10 Fairtrade Sugar Facts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

    20 June 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager

    Did you know June is National Candy Month? While candy and sweets can get a bad reputation for their sugar content, there’s no denying that we all like to indulge in a sweet treat every once in a while. If you’re going to moderate your sugar intake, might we suggest thinking about the impact your favorite candy has on the environment and other people as well as your own body?  Here are ten facts about sugar for you to ponder before your afternoon snack break.  

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    Fairtrade Farmers Spur Nationwide Changes on Child Labor in Belize

    17 March 2017 by Anita Sheth, Senior Advisor on Social Compliance and Development, Fairtrade International

    Belize’s Ministry of Labor makes strong steps toward addressing child labor nationwide. Advocacy efforts by sugar cane farmers were influential in the move.

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    A Salute to Rural Women

    14 October 2016 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    Women play a large role in global agriculture and often don’t receive the full benefits of their work. For International Day of Rural Women, we feature three Fairtrade farmers and their important work.

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    Unexpectedly Fair: 10 Fairtrade Products that Might Surprise You

    5 October 2016 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager, Fairtrade America

    We all know that coffee and cocoa are the biggest Fairtrade products by a longshot, but check out these other unique Fairtrade products.

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    Who’s The Fairest? An Equal Opportunity for All

    3 October 2016 by Dion Drew, Greyston Bakery

    Throughout October’s Fair Trade Month, Fairtrade America is featuring Fairness Champions, people from all walks of life with a unique perspective on what’s ‘fair’. Dion Drew is a father and a baker at Greyston Bakery, the company that makes the brownies in your Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Dion speaks to the power of believing in others and a fair chance for all.

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    Record Premium makes big difference for farmers and workers

    4 March 2016 by kfreund

    The extra money paid to certified farmers and workers for each sale on Fairtrade terms has risen above the $115 million mark for the first time, according to new figures released today. Fairtrade producers invested this Premium according to their priorities.

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