En Paraguay, una cooperativa de productores de azúcar se rebeló contra la industria que les mal pagaba. Cuatro décadas después, abre su propia fábrica
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
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.
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.)