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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, agriculture plays a major role in our everyday lives. Unfortunately, it is also the industry responsible for 108 million child labourers globally, or more than 70 percent of all child labour.
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.