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  • Eugenia Sho Belize Cacao Grower

    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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  • Valentine's Day 2017

    Say it with Fairtrade this Valentine’s Day

    1 February 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager, Fairtrade America

    As the season of love approaches, many people begin to feel a sense of dread. Here are our tips on how to treat that special someone in your life (and yourself).

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    Realizing Cocoa's Full Potential in the Ivory Coast

    15 November 2016 by Bryan Lew, Director of Business Development, Fairtrade America

    This week, Fairtrade America and Endangered Species Chocolate are visiting cacao farmers in the Ivory Coast. Bryan Lew gives a window into what trips like this are like.

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  • rural women

    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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  • fairest of them all

    The Fairest of Them All Campaign is Here!

    30 September 2016 by Mary Linnell-Simmons, Marketing and Communications Manager, Fairtrade America

    It's Fair Trade Month! And with it comes the launch of Fairest of Them All - the biggest awareness campaign from Fairtrade America to date.

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  • Draman Sesame of Fairtrade co-op ECOJAD in Ivory Coast

    Millennials, we believe in you…

    21 June 2016 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    Are millennials ethical shopping hypocrites? New research highlighted by NPR today looked at millennials and how they buy chocolate – or not. While much has been made of their dedication and interest in all things local, organic and fair trade, a study from researchers at Kansas State University claims that when it comes to chocolate, this group looks no further than what’s at hand. But we at Fairtrade believe they’re better than that.

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  • Fairtrade flower farmers

    Behind the Petal

    8 March 2016 by Tsitsi Choruma, Chief Operating Officer at Fairtrade Africa and Senior Advisor on Gender

    Gender inequality is often seen as just a women's issue, but it is much more. It's about power balances between men and women, it's about discrimination, and it's about changing perceptions.

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  • Fairtrade tea farmer gathering leaves

    Release: Record Premium makes big difference for farmers and workers

    4 March 2016 by Fairtrade America Media Team

    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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  • Fairtrade farmer carrying cocoa pods

    Growing our Cocoa, Raising our Voices

    26 February 2016 by Fairtrade Africa

    Twenty-five women cocoa farmers documented and dramatized their challenges and aspirations in a short documentary putting the focus on gender and rights in rural Western Africa.

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  • Ice Cream for Breakfast Day 2016

    Win Ice Cream for Breakfast

    5 February 2016 by Mary Linnell-Simmons, Marketing and Communications Manager

    February 6th is Ice Cream For Breakfast Day (yes...yes it is). Enter our flash competition to win a pint of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream to celebrate!

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  • Divine Chocolate Praline Cupcakes

    Sweeten your day – thank a cocoa farmer

    18 October 2015 by Liz Miller of Divine Chocolate

    It’s National Chocolate Cupcake Day! Crazy to think that there is a whole day dedicated to one particular type of dessert, but there you go. This year, we celebrate with Divine Chocolate and the cocoa farmers of Ghana who co-own the Fairtrade chocolate company.

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  • Fairtrade Cocoa Worker

    Release: Children’s Involvement in West African Cocoa Production: Supporting Farmer Organizations to Lead

    4 August 2015 by Fairtrade America Media Team

    The following statement comes from Fairtrade International.

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