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The sugar producers of Manduvira in Paraguay continue to garner great coverage. Check out this article (in Spanish) on how they climbed the ladder from being a small group of sugar farmers to owning one of the world’s first producer-owned Fairtrade organic sugar mills.

A member of the Toledo Cocoa Growers Association in Belize speaks at the organization’s annual General Assembly. For small farmers, organizing into cooperatives and associations equals power. Farmers benefit from additional services and can negotiate contracts together.
Check out the latest Fairtrade Monitoring and Impact Report for  info on the more than 1.4 million Fairtrade farmers and workers.
Photo by James Rodriguez

A member of the Toledo Cocoa Growers Association in Belize speaks at the organization’s annual General Assembly. For small farmers, organizing into cooperatives and associations equals power. Farmers benefit from additional services and can negotiate contracts together.

Check out the latest Fairtrade Monitoring and Impact Report for  info on the more than 1.4 million Fairtrade farmers and workers.

Photo by James Rodriguez

Alina Amador (right) is a Project Manager in Fairtrade International’s Pricing Unit. This year she ran into Soonthorn Sritawee, from Blue River Products, while at an organic foods trade show. Sritawee is an exporter from Thailand who works closely with lychee producers in Thailand

One of the core features of Fairtrade is pricing – while we don’t set final prices, we do create Fairtrade Minimum Prices by calculating the average sustainable costs of production. This can serve as a starting point for negotiations when prices are higher and protection when the market is low.

In 2013, a group of small lychee producers in North Thailand banded together to create what is called a community enterprise in Thailand  so they could become Fairtrade certified . The farmers worked with Blue River Products, their manufacturer/exporter partner, which is also the key market link to bring their canned lychee to the Swiss market.

At the time of the group’s application, Fairtrade pricing was only available for lychee from Eastern Africa. We worked with the group to determine if the same Minimum Prices could apply for lychee from other areas. This project involved communication between the pricing team and the producers and manufacturers to gain more knowledge on the supply chain, the local market conditions and prices for fresh lychee. This information assured us that an extension of the existing prices from Eastern Africa was suitable for the Thai market as well.

While at a conference this year, I met up with Soonthorn Sritawee (pictured) from Blue River Products, and he had exciting news. Our fruitful cooperation resulted in new market opportunities for next years´ harvest and the organization has at least one container of lychees destined for the European market – a purchase that will make a big difference for his community.

Fairtrade is not the magic cure-all for poverty, but farmers have pride in knowing that clean water wells, the classroom for their children, and the roadway giving easier access to the port, were paid for through their efforts to produce quality products.

Harriet Lamb, CEO of Fairtrade International, on revising her book ‘Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles’. Order the new edition here.

Read Harriet’s full commentary on the process at the Guardian.

Farmers at COSAGUAL, a Fairtrade cooperative in Honduras, celebrated the organization’s 20th anniversary recently. More than 150 members and their families gathered together to celebrate the triumphs and struggles. An infusion of young people in the organization has them looking forward to the next 20 years. 
(Speaking of anniversaries, our member the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK is celebrating their 20 years as well. Check out their new website here.)
In the photo Martina Mejía of COSAGUAL harvests coffee - photo by Sean Hawkey.

Farmers at COSAGUAL, a Fairtrade cooperative in Honduras, celebrated the organization’s 20th anniversary recently. More than 150 members and their families gathered together to celebrate the triumphs and struggles. An infusion of young people in the organization has them looking forward to the next 20 years.

(Speaking of anniversaries, our member the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK is celebrating their 20 years as well. Check out their new website here.)

In the photo Martina Mejía of COSAGUAL harvests coffee - photo by Sean Hawkey.

Sandri Lizeth Garcia Herrera, 20, holds a frame of honeycomb before putting it into a centrifuge. She is a member of Cooperativa Integral de Produccion Apicultores de Cuilco (CIPAC), a Fairtrade-certified honey-producing organization in Cuilco, Guatemala.
She is also featured on the cover of our latest monitoring and impact report. For more than 120 pages of the who, what, where and why of Fairtrade, read about it and download it here.

Sandri Lizeth Garcia Herrera, 20, holds a frame of honeycomb before putting it into a centrifuge. She is a member of Cooperativa Integral de Produccion Apicultores de Cuilco (CIPAC), a Fairtrade-certified honey-producing organization in Cuilco, Guatemala.

She is also featured on the cover of our latest monitoring and impact report. For more than 120 pages of the who, what, where and why of Fairtrade, read about it and download it here.

Artisanal miners from SOTRAMI in Peru are just one group of smallscale miners benefiting from the single largest purchase of Fairtrade gold by the Bank of Luxembourg.
Read all about it here and find out how you can buy a commemorative gold coin celebrating 175 years of independence in Luxembourg.

Artisanal miners from SOTRAMI in Peru are just one group of smallscale miners benefiting from the single largest purchase of Fairtrade gold by the Bank of Luxembourg.

Read all about it here and find out how you can buy a commemorative gold coin celebrating 175 years of independence in Luxembourg.

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