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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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    Fairtrade Working to Ensure Workers' Rights

    1 September 2016 by Fairtrade America

    Many people think Labor Day is simply the capstone of summer; few realize the struggle that the holiday commemorates.

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  • Victor Biwot Sireet Tea Growers Kenya

    International Climate Agreements are Failing Smallholder Farmers

    20 May 2016 by By Victor Biwot, Manager of Sireet Tea Outgrowers in Kenya, a Fairtrade certified organization

     A report published this week by Oxfam has criticized the Paris climate talks for having ‘failed’ poorer countries adapting to global warming. Entitled “Unfinished Business”, it points out the financial support pledged to tackle climate change falls well short of what is needed, which means those most vulnerable to its impact – small-scale farmers – are being 'left on their own'. Victor Biwot, a tea farmer from Kenya, agrees the West needs to be more realistic.

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    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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    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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    A Nutritionist's View - Why I Choose Fairtrade Products

    22 October 2015 by Margaux J Rathbun

    Margaux J Rathbun is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who shares her knowledge of nutrition and health on her blog, www.authenticselfwellness.com. Margaux wrote a blog for Fairtrade America about how she came to understand what fair trade means and why she chooses Fairtrade certified products.

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