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As we reflect on World Health Day, consider this one story of hope.
In 2018, Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) launched its latest collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), a three year project aimed at increasing access to market for Fairtrade coffee and cocoa farmers in Papua New Guinea. This new project will run from January 2018 until June 2021 and aims to benefit an estimated 51,870 farmers and their households.
On the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, there is a coffee cooperative whose name translates as “there is light in Gayo”. The 1813 farmers in the cooperative didn’t name their organisation by accident; they are determined to build a strong and transparent body with the power to improve the lives of its members and their community.
Sugarcane may not be the first thing that people associate with the tropical vistas of Fiji, but on the country’s two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, sugarcane, or dovu in Fijian, has been embedded in the landscape since the late 1800s.
Every four years, Australians are reminded of that remnant of British imperialism, the Commonwealth. And every four years, we ask ourselves the same question: is the Commonwealth really relevant?
Making Fairtrade personal and addressing gender inequalities and economic marginalization is the aim of a project to empower women coffee farmers in Kenya.
What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a choice many girls around the world have never been offered, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Shock, frustration and anger. Those were my feelings after seeing a Fairtrade study in Côte d’Ivoire showing that only 12% of cocoa households earn a living income.
Farmers are the people who put food on our plates. So it’s only fair they get a seat at the table when the future of agriculture is under discussion.