Archive | October, 2013

Fair Trade Minimum Price for Coffee Again Benefiting Farmers

One of the key benefits of Fair Trade is to guarantee producers a minimum floor price when global commodity prices drop. In some years, when commodity prices are high, this benefit is more psychological rather than material. This year for coffee farmers, the benefit is again material and very important. The small scale farmers that […]

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Fair Trade Month 2013 Campaigns Raise Awareness

Scores of events around the U.S. reached thousands of people in October to raise awareness about Fair Trade. Plus, lots of social media outreach spread the word even further. Fair Trade Resource Network partnered with Fairtrade America to host events at supermarkets, colleges and community gatherings. See FTRN photos See Fairtrade America photos See Fair […]

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Samoa Becomes Newest Country with Fairtrade Producers

A new country has been added to the map of farmers and workers participating in Fairtrade International’s system. The Savai’i Coconut Farmers Association on the island of Savai’i is a young organization with a small membership,  and just became certified in early September. The association aims to contribute to the recovery of the coconut cream […]

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New Comic Book Illustrates a History of Fair Trade

In recent weeks a comic book, written by Phyllis Robinson and Nicholas Reid, with illustration and graphic design by Vendela Larsson, called “The History of Authentic Fair Trade”, was made available by Equal Exchange. The 48 pg. comic book is for high school level & above. This educational work of art presents an engaging story […]

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Canadian Fairtrade Awards Name 10 Winners

The second annual Canadian Fairtrade Awards will be presented to ten Canadian retail and food service businesses October 3rd in recognition of their ongoing commitment to Fair Trade. An independent panel of judges assessed nominees on a variety of criteria, including range of products offered; promotion, education and engagement; and vision, mission, and values. See […]