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  • Member Producer Cecelia Appianim - Credit: Divine Chocolate

    #Stand4Fairness with Divine Chocolate

    17 April 2018 by Jason from the World Fair Trade Challenge Team

    International Fairtrade Day is now less than a month away on May 12, and we here at Fairtrade America are getting ready to celebrate and #Stand4Fairness by highlighting some of our favorite partners. This week, we’re being inspired by Divine Chocolate, a company that has been making superb chocolate and empowering women for over two decades.

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  • Sunset over a Costa Rican banana plantation

    Bananageddon Cometh

    16 March 2018 by Jackie Turner, ecologist and filmmaker

    Undoubtedly, bananas’ popularity comes from their distinctive appearance – and their rock-bottom price. But what might be less well-known is that bananas as we know them are on the verge of extinction.

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  • Pressing for Progress on Gender Equality

    Six Ways Fairtrade is Pressing for Progress on Gender Equality

    7 March 2018 by Eric Fichtl, Fairtrade International

    At Fairtrade, we continue to promote gender equality in sectors that have long been male-dominated.

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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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  • Regenerative Agriculture

    Fair Trade is the pathway to Regenerative Agriculture

    16 October 2017 by Ryan Zinn, Director of Grow Ahead and Organic & Fair Trade Coordinator at Dr. Bronner’s

    The climate is changing, and our industrial food and farming system plays a big role in that. Over the past few years, the movement for a food system that sustains people and planet has been growing. As conversations around topics like carbon sequestration move into the mainstream, we cannot forget the people at the heart of it all: small-scale farmers and the movements that they have built.

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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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  • 10 sugar facts

    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 coffee living income

    Release: Make My Coffee Profitable, Future of Coffee Depends on Adequate Income

    13 June 2017 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    New research finds that the future of coffee depends on adequate income for farmers. A pilot study by Fairtrade International and True Price shows that despite sustainability pledges in the coffee sector, many coffee farmers struggle to make ends meet.

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  • Summer Reading List

    Fairtrade America's Summer Reading List

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

    Our staff’s picks for the best reads on coffee, worker’s rights, ethical sourcing, and everything in between. 

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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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  • 10 Coffee Facts

    10 Fairtrade Coffee Facts to Kick off the Morning

    22 March 2017 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager, Fairtrade America

    How important is a good cup of coffee to you? With the average American drinking 1.85 cups per day, it’s clearly something to consider when you make that trudge from bed to the coffee maker. Here are a few facts while you wait for that coffee to brew.

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  • Coffee farmers of FECCEG

    Fairtrade farmers take coffee quality to new heights in Guatemala

    15 July 2016 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    Fairtrade coffee farmers in Guatemala recently saw their coffee rank among the best in a crowded field of competitors in the Guatemala 2016 Cup of Excellence Competition. 

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  • A worker at Banelino in the DR readies bananas for shipment

    Farming Superheroes to the Rescue

    6 June 2016 by Marike de Peña, Chair of Fairtrade International and Co-Founder of Banelino banana coop in Dominican Republic

    This blog first appeared on the Huffington Post on June 2, 2016. It is republished here in honor of World Environment Day with kind permission.

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  • Boxes of Fairtrade bananas waiting to be shipped

    Fairtrade Bananas in St Lucia

    3 February 2016 by Ariel Bramble, Commercial Relations Manager

    Ariel Bramble, part of Fairtrade America's Business Development team, traveled to the West Indies and had the opportunity to visit Fairtrade farmers in the Windward Islands.

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  • Photo by Santiago Engelhardt. Coffee quality control at COMSA cooperative.

    Putting Value Back Into Price

    19 November 2015 by Harriet Lamb

    Fairtrade International's former CEO Harriet Lamb writes her final blog with Fairtrade, again calling on consumers and companies to pay a fair price to farmers and workers.

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