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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.
Sugarcane may not be the first thing that people associate with the tropical vistas of Fiji, but on the country’s two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, sugarcane, or dovu in Fijian, has been embedded in the landscape since the late 1800s.
Admit it. You whip out your wallet multiple times per day, often to spend on tasty food and drinks. And while your bank balance might not be too thrilled with your three-lattes-before-midday habit, there is a simple way to make sure your spending sprees are good for something.
Every four years, Australians are reminded of that remnant of British imperialism, the Commonwealth. And every four years, we ask ourselves the same question: is the Commonwealth really relevant?
Making Fairtrade personal and addressing gender inequalities and economic marginalization is the aim of a project to empower women coffee farmers in Kenya.
What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a choice many girls around the world have never been offered, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Shock, frustration and anger. Those were my feelings after seeing a Fairtrade study in Côte d’Ivoire showing that only 12% of cocoa households earn a living income.