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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.

Getting Inventive in India

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In “God’s own country” (that’s Kerala in southern India to you and me!) Suminter Organic Small Farmers consortium is quietly doing some interesting Fairtrade Premium projects. Liaison Officer Raju Ganapathy came back impressed from his recent visit.

Fairtrade certified since 2011, these small-scale organic farmers received 5.4 m INR (around 67,000 euros) in Fairtrade Premium in 2013-14, a handsome amount for a group of 250 members. Water harvesting structures, solar panels, drying net for spices, drying and grading equipment for cardamom, distribution of organic inputs are just some of their projects.

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These reports show us just how much work lies ahead. Finally we have clear numbers on what is a living wage, and the gap we must work towards closing.

Wilbert Flinterman, Fairtrade International’s Senior Advisor on Workers’ Rights and Trade Union Relations on new living wage benchmarks set for Malawi, South Africa and the Dominican Republic.

Read the full story here.

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.

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