The coffee farmers of the Nahuala Cooperative in Guatemala invested Premium funds earned through Fairtrade sales in a community library where Santa Catarina Guarchaj is the librarian.
Photo by Sean Hawkey
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.
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.
Better prices and the Fairtrade Premium help people like Gabriela Sibrian Hueso ensure that the world has coffee in the future.Gabriela of El Jabali Cooperative in Guatemala is featured in our latest monitoring and impact report. Check out all of the charts, maps and impact insights here.
Photo by Sean Hawkey
A member of the Del Campo Cooperative in Nicaragua stands with his peanut harvest. Never knew they grew peanuts in Nicaragua? Many more facts in our latest monitoring and impact report. Check it out here.
Photo by Sean Hawkey
Did you know that nearly all of the sugar coming out of Belize is Fairtrade certified? Find out what that means for the sugar cane farmers there in this short film. (this post edited 9 July)
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.
Any idea what this is? The farmers of Club 3000 in Papua New Guinea sure do. Read all about their adventures in Fairtrade in our latest story.
(Sorry, the tags on this one probably give it away, but a great story anyway.)
The cooperative creates new jobs. This new mill will give new opportunities for members and non-members, really the entire community.
Teresa Alejandra Pereira, who serves as Executive Secretary of Manduvira and also helps her father manage their 3 hectare sugar farm.
Manduvira opened the world’s first producer-owned Fairtrade organic sugar mill. Read the full story here.
Meet Ernest Ndumuraro, Managing Director at COCOCA in Burundi. COCOCA is a union of 17 coffee farmers’ cooperatives who own their own washing stations.
Recently four of the cooperatives became Fairtrade certified and three more are in the certification process. They market their coffee under the name, ‘Horamama Coffee,’ which means ‘Cheer up!’
COCOCA has big plans, including setting up their own plant for milling and exporting their coffee, developing a coffee lab, and working closely with farmers to improve productivity and quality.
Burundi’s coffee is amazing, check out COCOCA’s website here.
Many farmers are also workers, the two [farmers and workers] live side by side in the same small communities, both struggling against poverty and injustice.
Marike de Peña, Board Chair of Fairtrade International, regarding Fairtrade International’s new work to improve Fairtrade’s impact for workers on small farms and better support the vulnerable farmers employing them.
Raju Ganapathy, Fairtrade Liaison Officer in India, discovers a plethora of fruits, spices and other fresh produce at a Fairtrade seed festival.
I am the seed;
Seed is the creation of the cosmos
says Bhagwad Gita; holiest of Hindu Scripture.
Seed is of utmost importance: both in Hindu scripture, and for the livelihoods of the many farmers I work with. So it was with great interest that I went to the annual seed festival organized by Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK), in the pristine Wayanad district of Kerala, South India.
The festival celebrates the biodiversity on display in the homes and fields of its farmers and promotes the preservation of local seeds. FTAK supports its members to preserve this diversity, while also ensuring food security by enabling each member to meet most of their food needs themselves.
I met farmers like Benny and Shaji, who held stalls offering organic produce and seeds that are able to grow and thrive in the local climate. There were roots and tubers that I had never seen before, even after years of working in agriculture. Umpteen varieties of ginger; bananas; black pepper; I came across a small, round yellow fruit called an eggfruit; I was told about the virtues of mullachakka, a smallish thorny jack fruit which is even supposed to have anti-cancer properties.
Benny and Shaji at their stall.
The second day focused on women’s central role in farming – something FTAK seeks to promote among its members. Speaker Julie Cariappa extolled the virtues of homestead farming and said it gave her control over the food that she serves her family. Another speaker Deborah talked about food sovereignty and said the organization has taken the idea of food security even further through the wide variety of foods grown on the farms. It was great to see so many women taking an active role in the day.
Fair Trade Alliance Kerala is a small farmer organization created to enable farmers to access the global market and improve their income through Fairtrade. It now has over 4500 members, growing coffee and many other products including cocoa, cashew nuts, coconuts and tropical spices.
Find out more on FTAK’s Facebook page.