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Fairtrade Organic September

Did you know that over 50% of Fairtrade farmers choose to grow their produce organically? By working with nature they protect the environment and themselves from harmful chemicals, and they can improve their livelihoods, as they often get a better price too.

We’re celebrating Organic September with our friends over at the Soil Association by sharing ten of our favourite Fairtrade and organic products over on our blog. With over 1000 available it was really hard to choose!

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Easyjet now offering Clipper Fairtrade Teas

  Six organic and Fairtrade teas from Clipper’s portfolio is now available to over 90 million passengers annually. Not only is the tea organic it will also be served in cups made from plants not plastic. The plastic-free cups are fully compostable, made from sustainably-sourced card and lined with plant-based PLA. Clipper never uses bleach to whiten the bag and is working to develop a fully-biodegradable, GM-free tea bag from solely plant-based materials.

Founded in Dorset in 1984 and now the world’s largest Fairtrade tea brand, Clipper is thrilled to be supplying easyJet and looking forward to seeing Clipper’s Fairtrade tea served in the skies for the first time.”

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Is the Coffee Industry Guilty of Exploitation?

Is the Coffee Industry Guilty of Exploitation?

by Peter d’Angremond of Max Havelaar Foundation

The price for Arabica coffee beans has plummeted in recent weeks to below production costs, jeopardising the livelihoods of 25 million coffee farming families worldwide. Peter d’Angremond of Max Havelaar Foundation discusses the impact of the price crash and what we must do now to protect coffee farmers.

Coffee farmers rang the alarm bell this week due to the price of coffee beans dropping to a dramatic low. This threatens the already fragile existence of 25 million farming families worldwide. We can no longer turn a blind eye to what is happening.

This week, Brazil and Colombia, who together produce half of the world’s coffee, published a affirming the fact that farmers are forced to sell their coffee far below cost price.

The disastrous situation in the coffee sector is confirmed by recent figures. At the end of 2016, the price of Arabica coffee on the New York Stock Exchange was $1.55 per pound (454 grams). Since then the price has dropped further to a dramatic low point this week of less than one dollar per pound. Due to the extreme decline of 30% in price, farmers could be facing an annual loss of more than 11 billion dollars of income. No development programme can bridge this gap.

Sustainability is on everyone’s lips these days and often we think we are doing a good job. The coffee-producing countries state that while many large multinational companies do promote and act on sustainability, these activities are completely negated by their commercial practices. The recently released report ‘Coffee Barometer‘ comes to the same conclusion. Of the total value of coffee (around 200 billion dollars in 2015), only 10% stays in the countries of origin. In total, large companies spend approximately 350 million dollars a year on sustainability. Set against the income loss of 11 billion dollars, this is a drop in the ocean.


By paying prices that are too low, the coffee industry is at least partly responsible for human rights issues such as poverty, child labour, poor working conditions as well as environmental damage. In sustainability discussions, talking about a ‘decent price’ is taboo. Industry largely refuses to commit to decent prices for farmers.

In the UK, Fairtrade, which is the only certification mark that requires a minimum price of coffee buyers ($1.40 per pound), has a market share of around 25%. This means that for 3 quarters of all packs of coffee in the UK supermarket, no price security is offered for coffee farmers. They are then dependent on the vagaries of the market.

It is time that coffee brands, supermarkets and the industry take structural responsibility by adjusting their purchasing policy.

And do we, as consumers, want to be involved in the exploitation of coffee farmers by buying their products?


Kerala Floods – A Fairtrade Perspective

The whole Fairtrade family stands in solidarity with those affected by the terrible recent floods in Kerala, Southern India. Devastating monsoon rains have killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands more.

As the waters slowly recede, the true scale of the devastation is becoming known. For those caught up in the disaster, focus has now shifted to rebuilding buildings, businesses and lives.

Kerala is a vital source of a number of Fairtrade commodities including tea, spices and nuts. Across the whole region 5 million farmers have had their crops destroyed and their livelihoods ripped away from them.

Not only that, but the floods have destroyed roads and other vital infrastructure meaning getting aid to the worst affected areas is severely hampered. Many are unable to return to their homes because of the danger of landslides and so are unable to assess the damage.

It is impossible to comprehend what it must be like to have your entire life, literally, washed away in front of you. Members of the Fairtrade movement have added their assistance to the rescue and recovery efforts. Fairtrade licensees like Liberation Nuts are seeing how they can support the rebuilding process, Fair Trade Alliance Kerala is looking to provide advance payments from future harvests up front to ensure communities can get through this very challenging time. Fairtrade International has committed €80,000 to assist the rebuilding process.

These gestures alone however will not begin to compensate these farmers and their families for what they have been through and the thousands more who need help. NGOs, such as Oxfam, are coordinating emergency appeals – please do donate if you are able.

Thanks to the support of British shoppers, Fairtrade farmers in Kerala have toiled tirelessly to work their way out of poverty. These floods mean many will have to start again but Fairtrade will not abandon them. By buying Fairtrade products, such as Liberation cashew nuts, you make a real difference to the lives of producers in Kerala and all over the world. The floods have taken a devastating toll on Fairtrade farmers but with our support they can, and will, bounce back.

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We know that you care about farmers, and want to make sure as many producers as possible can benefit from fair prices and put Fairtrade in as many places as possible. To help us do that, we’re busy preparing a series of new materials to encourage more people to support our work, which we’ll be launching in the next few months. Can you spare a few minutes to give us your opinion?

To make sure these materials are as effective as possible, we’d like to know what you think of them. We’d really appreciate it if you could complete this short survey so we can better understand how to inspire people, like you, to play an even greater role in our work.
If you can spare just a few minutes you’ll also be the first to get asneak preview of some of the ideas we’re considering, and your feedback will play a big role in deciding the direction we go in. We need our supporters to tell us how best we can capture the general public’s imagination to build power in the movement.

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