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This World Environment day we salute our Fairtrade farming super heroes! Find out why here.
Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand's CEO, Molly Harriss Olson, recently travelled to Taiwan with Fairtrade’s newly appointed Global CEO, Dario Soto Abril. During the visit President of Taiwan Tsai Ying-Wen acknowledged Fairtrade as an important model for addressing the inequities in global trade.
Coffee. The name alone, for us coffee drinkers, brings a perk into our step, the aroma that fills our system a comfort in the early morning hours, the taste providing a languid ease for social occasions.
Coffee is Timor-Leste’s second largest export following oil, however, gaining access to the international market is a significant barrier for many farmers. For the coffee producing organisation Cooperativa Comercio Agricola de Timor (C-CAT) this was no different.
Ever wondered about the impact of your morning cuppa at work?
Who can possibly end world hunger or achieve comprehensive climate action on their own? At least, that’s the catch-cry of people who want to good in the world, but don’t know how. After all, in the face of such enormous global inequality, it can be hard to see how the actions of one person can create change.
But equality begins at home and in the workplace, where even the tiniest everyday decisions can make a huge difference in the broader scheme of things. Thinking about how much coffee and tea you drink over an average week, it takes only a short amount of time before each drink adds up to something much larger on a global scale.
Here’s the good news: this can actually be quite easy! At Fairtrade, we focus on both the global picture and on the small, everyday actions you can take to make the world a fairer place. That’s why we believe that the simplest action – like enjoying some coffee, tea or chocolate in your workplace – can empower farmers and workers.
Over the holiday season Unen Choit (UC) Cooperative Society navigated Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) mountainous landscape via land and sea to pioneer the rollout of Fairtrade’s Producer Library amongst their 925 farmer members. Fairtrade’s Producer Library is a compilation of training tools based on stories, which are told through illustrations and presented as games making the training widely accessible, particularly in communities with low literacy levels.
Last month the Vanilla Growers Association of Vava’u (VGA) in Tonga rolled out their first Fairtrade Premium project which aimed to reward members’ efforts and encourage excellence in the production of vanilla. With the backing of their General Assembly and the support of the Vava’u vanilla industry, a competition was held using VGA’s Premium to recognise vanilla growers who demonstrated their mastery of best practices of vanilla production.
Big, bold and often brash, the global fashion industry is as famous for its endless creativity as it is for its inequality and exploitation. At the same time as models strut the catwalk, stories surface of devastating events that shape the lives of the most often invisible cotton farmers and garment workers. Events like the Rana Plaza factory fires have the potential to shatter the lives of rural workers. Sometimes it takes more than one woman to create change in an industry that’s ingrained with defects. That’s why members of the Vasudha cotton cooperative grouped together to give a women-first focus in a space where their voices aren’t often heard. They gain independence and form deep friendships – all because of their shared skills in sewing.
In this week’s edition of our International Women’s Day series, Amy from Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand writes about meeting the women’s sewing group who are dedicated to empowerment.
Fairtrade and Cocoa Life – Cadbury’s sustainable cocoa-sourcing program – have embarked on an expanded partnership after seven years working together to improve the lives of cocoa farmers.