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Vanilla Farmers in Madagascar Leading Against Child Labour

19 July 2017

Vanilla is a labour-intensive crop that requires hand pollination outside of its natural habitat in Central America. It’s also one of the world’s most expensive spices, but that premium price doesn’t translate to decent income...

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Future of Coffee Depends on Adequate Income for Farmers, New Research Finds

13 June 2017

A pilot study by Fairtrade International and True Price shows that despite sustainability pledges in the coffee sector, many coffee farmers struggle to make ends meet. Fairtrade calls for a government and industry-wide response...

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Revised Standard Aims to Improve Wages for Flower Workers

29 May 2017

In some countries there are no legislated minimum wages for flower workers which could serve as a basis for wage negotiations. Fairtrade has recently started tackling this issue by revising the standard requirements for flower...

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New Programme with Women Cocoa Farmers Seeks to Close Gender Gap

12 May 2017

Launching today, the Women’s School of Leadership is an innovative new programme which will improve women’s opportunities in cocoa communities in Côte d’Ivoire. The programme is being led by the producer network Fairtrade Africa.

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Fairtrade International and the International Trade Centre Expand their Cooperation

13 April 2017

Fairtrade International and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding aimed at improving the livelihoods of small farmers and promoting income diversification.

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Fairtrade Farmers and Workers continue to benefit from Growing Sales and Increased Fairtrade Premium Investments

11 April 2017

This week saw the official launch of the 8th edition of the Monitoring the Scope and Benefits of Fairtrade report by Fairtrade International, covering data from 2014-2015.

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Levelling the Ground for Women in Kenya’s Flower Industry

08 March 2017

This International Women’s Day, we shine a spotlight on the challenges faced by women in the flower industry, and on one Kenyan woman’s quest to make their voices heard.

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