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    Celebrating Day of the Girl Child

    10 October 2017 by Paty Villarán, CLAC Network

    Young girls in developing and least-developed countries often grow up in communities where gender discrimination is prominent and child labor can be widespread. Efforts by local Fairtrade cooperatives and other organizations are helping empower young girls to develop and face their challenges themselves.

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  • Madagascar vanilla youth

    Vanilla farmers in Madagascar leading against child labor

    18 July 2017 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    Vanilla is a labor-intensive crop that requires hand pollination outside of its natural habitat in Central America. It’s also one of the world’s most expensive spices, but that premium price doesn’t translate to decent income for vanilla farmers, which puts many families at risk. In working to improve livelihoods, Fairtrade farmers in Madagascar are confronting child labor and taking their efforts to the national level. 

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  • Child Labor Belize

    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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  • End Child Labor in Supply Chains

    Putting an End to Child Labor in Supply Chains

    12 June 2016 by Anita Sheth, Senior Advisor on Social Compliance and Development, Fairtrade International

    A remarkable story emerged from Berlin recently when five children ages 10 to 11 approached high end fashion outlets asking for a job, saying they were willing to work long hours for low pay. Not surprisingly, they were rejected and told they were far too young to be employed – that it would be “child labor.”

    The film of their experiment highlights the double standards which allow young children in some parts of the world to work long hours for low pay in harsh conditions – conditions which retailers and consumers wouldn’t accept in their own countries.
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  • Finding common ground

    Finding Common Ground

    30 March 2016 by Margot Conover, Outreach & Events Manager, Fairtrade America

    In our globalized economy, we’re all part of one enormous food system affected by many of the same forces. Whether you’re a single parent on food stamps or a coffee farmer in Tanzania, we all face challenges around food security and access to healthy, sustainably-produced food.

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  • A school at Thiokéthian, co-funded through the Fairtrade Premium

    Release: Fairtrade applauds the US move to close Legal Loophole in the Tariff Act

    7 March 2016 by Fairtrade America Media Team

    For 86 years, the United States was forced to allow goods produced by the worst forms of child labor and forced labor to enter our country due to a loophole. Last week, President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act into law forever closing this loophole in the Tariff Act of 1930, a move that has major implications for businesses, human rights organizations and product certification systems around the globe.

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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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