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The NZ Banana Report - The Big Squeeze

Bananas are a major staple and an important cash crop in developing countries. In May 2017, Basic (The Bureau for the Appraisal of Societal Impacts and Costs) released ‘The Big Squeeze’, a report commissioned by Fairtrade New Zealand, to investigate banana production in Ecuador and the Philippines - the two main sources of bananas in New Zealand. 65% of NZ banana come from Ecuador, 85% from small to medium sized farms (not plantations).  Pricing pressure is undermining the sustainable livelihoods of these farmers and causing them to cut corners in Ecuador and the Phillipines. 65% of NZ banana come from Ecuador, 85% from small to medium sized farms (not plantations).  Pricing pressure is undermining the sustainable livelihoods of these farmers and causing them to cut corners in Ecuador and the Phillipines. 65% of NZ banana come from Ecuador, 85% from small to medium sized farms (not plantations).  Pricing pressure is undermining the sustainable livelihoods of these farmers and causing them to cut corners in Ecuador and the Phillipines.

Vanilla

Found in every pantry, and an essential component of irresistible baked goods, vanilla is a delicate crop that requires careful tending.

Why buy Fairtrade Vanilla?

Found in every pantry, and an essential component of irresistible baked goods, vanilla is a delicate crop that requires careful tending.

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Ferrero chocolate a treat for farmers too

In Côte d’Ivoire there’s a union called ECOOKIM, made up of 23 cocoa-growing cooperatives covering more than 10,000 individual cocoa farmers. And they just got some very good news.

World Health Day: Changing health outcomes one farming community at a time

As we reflect on World Health Day, consider this one story of hope.

Increasing access to market for Papua New Guinea coffee and cocoa farmers

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.

Fairtrade ANZ welcomes organic ginger

Fairtrade ANZ is excited to announce the certification of the first ever Fairtrade ginger growing organisation in the Pacific - Wainunu Organic Growers Association (WOGA). Located a rough and tumbling three hours’ drive from Labasa, within Fiji’s fourth largest town, WOGA is made up of a membership of seventeen households.

Claims vs Certification

Unregulated Market In New Zealand, there is no government regulation around the use of the term  Fairtrade. As such the responsibility is on you to check the validity of claims, particularly if a product does not carry an independent certification mark.  In some cases, products can claim themselves as Fairtrade, fair trade or fairly traded, but can, in fact, be far from it. Greenwashing is often used, by promoting a product as more 'green' and environmentally friendly than what is true.

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