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Vanilla farmers in Madagascar leading against child labor

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. 

Celebrating 20 Years of Fairtrade International

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.

Shopping Aisle Conundrum? A Guide to Certification Labels

What's important to you when you step into the supermarket? How do you shop your values? The variety of food labels and certifications can be daunting. This guide can serve as a handy reference to other labels you might find on Fairtrade products. 

Fiji sugar farmers adapt to survive

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.

Shopping Sustainable? Best make LOFT-y Choices

Every day we’re confronted by a deluge of options in the super market aisle. Making the sustainable choice can be a chore. But if you think LOFTy – local, organic and Fairtrade – you’ll find items that are good for you and good for the planet.

Fairtrade Impact: How do we measure up?

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). 

A Day in the life of a Fair Trade Mom: Newborn Edition

Every mom wants the best for their child. When you’re a fair trade mom like me, you also want to make sure it's best for the planet and the people producing the things you use every day.

6 Christmas Movies to Explain Fairtrade to Friends & Family

Get everyone on the couch! Curl up with some Fairtrade hot chocolate, cookies , and this list of Christmas movies, and give your loved ones the ultimate gift – a social justice education. 

Make Your Holidays Fairtrade

The holidays are fast approaching and everyone is on the hunt for the perfect gift. Sharing gifts gives us a sense of joy, but have you ever considered giving a gift that also impacts the lives of farmers and workers that produce them? This holiday season, extend the impact of your gift-giving by sharing Fairtrade certified products with your friends and family.

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