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This weekend saw 5,500 New Zealanders joining in a country-wide celebration of the difference Fairtrade is making for farmers and workers worldwide. Events ranged from a Guinness World Record Attempt for ‘largest group of people dancing with bananas’, to pedal-powered banana smoothies, banana triathlons and bake-offs.
How many of us truly know who grows the coffee we consume? Did you know that many coffee farmers also don’t know who consumes the coffee they grow? The journey of a single coffee bean is turbulent, covering thousands of kilometres, going through many processes along its voyage. It is exposed to a range of environments, with the potential to alter its flavour and profile, before it finally reaches that morning cup.
Whether it’s your morning get-up-and-go or your afternoon pick-me-up, we can all agree coffee is worth celebrating, but what would happen if it was no longer available.
As countries wrap up their meeting in Marrakech to decide on the next steps on climate change, Molly Harriss Olson, CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand looks at what’s at stake for the millions whose livelihood depend on sustainable coffee.
Information Communication Technology was the focus of the annual Fairtrade Pacific Stakeholders Workshop in Papua New Guinea.
Italian confectionery company Ferrero will double the amount of cocoa it purchases from Fairtrade farmers – to 40,000 metric tonnes over the next three years. Ferrero also announced a new collaboration with Fairtrade on cane sugar, with plans to source 20,000 metric tonnes of Fairtrade cane sugar between mid-2016 and 2019.
Fairtrade International released the latest monitoring and evaluation report this week- showing that the extra money paid to farmers and workers who are certified as Fairtrade has risen above the AUD$150 million mark for the first time. The Fairtrade Premium, as it is known, is invested by the producers themselves in a range of improvements including schools, health care and better equipment.
A golden moment for Rio De Janeiro as it becomes a Fair Trade Town during the Olympic Games.
Fairtrade hosted its annual Pacific Stakeholders Workshop in Goroka, the centre of the PNG’s coffee industry.