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Penelope Cruz wears fair trade gold on the red carpet in Cannes

8 hours 7 min ago
The actress stepped onto the red carpet in Cannes wearing two pieces from her new fine jewelry collection with Atelier Swarovski — matching earrings and a ring in white 18-karat fair trade gold set with Swarovski lab-created diamonds and lab-created rubies.

The collection served as an announcement of Atelier Swarovski’s decision to create all of its pieces with responsibly sourced gold. Cruz will launch the entire sustainable line during Paris Haute Couture Week in July.

Source: Hollywood Reporter, 9/5/18

Bananas from Senegal

26 May, 2018 - 15:25
Copyright: RikoltoExports of – organic and fair trade – bananas from Senegal to Belgium have been announced a few times already, but considerable obstacles still remain between Tambacounda and the Colruyt stores.
Despite the potential of the farmers’ organisations and the commitment of different partners – like the Trade for Development Centre - it remains difficult to deliver quality and quantity for a difficult product such as bananas.
Read the TDC article

How sustainable is today's cocoa?

25 May, 2018 - 15:19
Copyright TDCAfter the cocoa industry was blamed for the many child labour scandals and because cocoa producers were being paid prices that were far too low, large chocolate companies took initiatives to improve the sustainability. What is the current situation, particularly after the cocoa price on the world market dropped significantly last year?
Even while market conditions are tough, across cocoa-producing regions cooperatives resolutely choose for sustainable or organic production and fair trade. Twenty of these cooperatives are supported by the Trade for Development Centre (TDC). To put a face on their endeavours, we visited Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire as well as Bolivia and Vietnam.
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Berlin Declaration of the Fourth World Cocoa Conference

26 April, 2018 - 09:53
Following input from about 1,500 stakeholders (TDC was part of them) who attended the Fourth World Cocoa Conference in Berlin, the Berlin Declaration was published on April 25.“Business as usual in the cocoa sector is no longer an option. We have to break the mould.” Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director of the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), in the keynote speech opening the fourth World Cocoa Conference in Berlin, April 2018.Read the Berlin decalaration

EFICO Group to support World Coffee Research Global Coffee Monitoring Program

16 April, 2018 - 09:11
The EFICO Group announces a US$90,000 contribution to World Coffee Research. This commitment supports the industry-backed, nonprofit R&D organization to bring improved varieties and climate-smart agronomy approaches to farmers.
EFICO’s contribution via its Foundation will support a global network of farmer field trials—called the Global Coffee Monitoring Program—to test which combinations of improved varieties and climate-smart farming practices deliver the most profit to the farmer. The approach is innovative on multiple fronts: testing improved technologies on a farmer’s own land and not in a research station, prioritizing farmer profitability and return on investment, and working together with farmers, exporters, NGOs, and governments to implement the trials.
In supporting WCR’s program, EFICO proactively seeks for long term solutions towards farmers’ resilience and profitability, climate change and sustainable and productive coffee landscapes , ” says EFICO Group CEO Michel Germanès. “Research-based field trials and knowledge transfer are essential to enhance the transition to a more sustainable coffee future. This will benefit all actors in the supply chain, with coffee farming communities at the forefront.”
EFICO is supporting a minimum of 12 sites in Guatemala and Honduras which will return data for at least 5 years. In 2018, WCR expects 180 farm trials will be installed.By 2022 the full network will have nearly 1,200 trials ongoing.
For more information about World Coffee Research and its programs, please visit worldcoffeeresearch.org
For more information about Efico and Efico Foundation: efico.com

Saint Lucia's Fairtrade Organization addresses "misinformation" over banana packaging

11 April, 2018 - 13:43
From www.stlucianewsonline.com

"The National Fairtrade Organization (St Lucia Inc.) is concerned about the growing debate and general misinformation circulating in the country regarding the use of IFCO (Plastic) Trays for the packaging of bananas to the United Kingdom Market."

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EU Import duties on Kenyan flowers threaten future of Fairtrade producers

10 April, 2018 - 13:33
From www.fairtrade.org.uk 
Fairtrade urgently calls for the EU and Kenyan government to find a solution which guarantees continued duty-free access for Kenyan cut flower imports, to protect the livelihoods of thousands of Kenyan flower workers and their families, before 1 October deadline.
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“Organic Fairtrade banana is gradually becoming standard”

9 April, 2018 - 13:27
From www.freshplaza.com

The market for Fairtrade bananas has grown rapidly in recent years, and because of that, competition has also increased. Due to the structurally low price for conventional bananas in supermarkets, the price for these fair bananas is under more pressure.

Read the article by Rudolf Mulderij

FAO - News Article: Agroecology can help change the world’s food production for the better

7 April, 2018 - 19:34
From www.fao.org 
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva called for healthier and more sustainable food systems, and said agroecology can contribute to such a transformation. José Graziano da Silva made the call during his opening remarks at the 2nd International Agroecology Symposium in Rome (3-5 April).

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