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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.
This Earth Overshoot Day we're asking the question- how do you top-up a planet?
There’s a lot more to coffee than what
meets the tastebuds, and this International Coffee Day, we’re looking at the
story behind the beans. On a recent trip to Papua New Guinea with Fairtrade
Australia & New Zealand and our partners, photojournalist Josh Griggs
captured some images to showcase exactly where our coffee comes from.
Gender inequality is a major barrier to human development. It is estimated that closing the gender gap in agriculture would reduce the number of undernourished people by 100-150 million, and could increase agricultural output in developing countries by 2.5 to 4 percent. Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand and international development organisation CARE International have joined efforts to unlock the influence of Papua New Guinean female farmers in the economic and social development of their communities.
Across the globe, nowhere are the overwhelming effects of gender inequality felt more than in developing nations, where women often struggle to access work opportunities, have independent control of their finances and make their voices heard.
International Women’s Day on March 8 is a global celebration of the strength and determination women bring to the stage, especially in rural communities. This year, the United Nations is calling on everyone to #BeBoldForChange in the face of inequality, to close the gender gap once and for all.
In the lead-up to the event, we’re recognising these inspiring women by sharing their stories. Here, María Edy Rivera, Fairtrade coffee farmer and cooperative board member in El Salvador writes about female empowerment in a male-dominated culture.