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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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    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 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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    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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    Fairtrade America's Summer 2017 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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    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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    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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    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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