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Being Clear on Transparency in Coffee

In today’s digital age, instantaneous and open sharing of information no longer dazzles us. Transparency, from the perspective of the US consumer, has increasingly become an expectation and not just a ‘nice-to-have.’ But in the coffee trade, transparency doesn’t always translate to benefits for smallscale farmers. A recent panel at the Specialty Coffee Association of America's annual conference explored the topic.

How Fair Trade Affects Americans

Fairtrade America interviews with Infinite Earth Radio about fair trade, free trade and how trade deals benefit or hurt Americans.

Inspiration in the Andes

For the smallscale farmers of Riojana growing grapes in the shadow of the Andes, Fairtrade is much more than a better price and Premium, it’s a way of life. Export Director Walter Carol of La Riojana Cooperative of wine grape growers discusses how Fairtrade has changed the perspectives of these small-scale farmers and their communities. Fairtrade certified wines from La Riojana recently arrived on store shelves in the US.

International Climate Agreements are Failing Smallholder Farmers

 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.

3 World Fairtrade Challenge Events

World Fair Trade Day is this Saturday and people from coast to coast will be celebrating everything Fair Trade.

A Salute to Rural Women

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.

What is Fairness: Giving Voice to the Unheard Worker

Throughout October’s Fair Trade Month, we are featuring Fairness Champions, people from all walks of life with a unique perspective on what’s ‘fair’. Today Shamini Dhana of Dhana, Inc. asks, "Where is the connection and conversation today between the end customer and the people behind the scenes who make the products we consume daily?"

Who’s the Fairest: Protecting Farmers and Children This Halloween

Throughout October’s Fair Trade Month, we are featuring Fairness Champions, people from all walks of life with a unique perspective on what’s ‘fair’. Today Todd Larsen of Green America shares tips on how to make your Halloween treats make a difference for cocoa farmers.

What is Fairness: Let’s make Fair Trade the norm, not the outlier

Throughout October’s Fair Trade Month, we have featured Fairness Champions, people from all walks of life with a unique perspective on what’s ‘fair’. Josh Wise is Development and Communications Director at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, an organization celebrating 30 years of using policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.

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