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Farmers in India Laud State Restrictions of Glyphosate

14 March, 2018 - 20:14
"The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has restricted the use of glyphosate and other herbicides to safeguard soil microbial activity, water, and human health. The new rules will also curtail the illegal production of genetically engineered herbicide tolerant (HT) cotton, which has not been approved for commercial use."
Read the article of the Cornucopia Institute

Rombouts Coffee Has Introduced a Series of Fairtrade Varieties

11 March, 2018 - 19:30

"The brand has announced the launch of two new varieties including 'Déca Aqua' and 'Bio & Fairtrade,' which are both crafted from Fairtrade ingredients as well as boasting an organic profile."
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Scottish shoppers buy into Fairtrade

27 February, 2018 - 17:38
According to the figures provided by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, 43 per cent of Scots in 2016 reported buying more Fairtrade products than in the preceding year, marking an 8 per cent increase since 2012.

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Market research : ethical products in South Africa

26 February, 2018 - 16:23
Market research on customers’ awareness, opinion and understanding of ethical labels in South Africa
The Trade for Development Centre and Ask Africa worked together on a market study to look into the popularity of ethical products in South Africa. The purpose of this study is to analyse the attitude of South Africans towards ethical products, certified Fairtrade, MSC, FCS, etc.

Over 1700 face-to-face interviews were conducted in seven metropolitan areas to measure the awareness and understanding of ethical labels among consumers as well as their shopping habits with regard to Fairtrade, ethical and/or sustainable products.

The study shows that the majority of South Africans are aware of environmental issues and are willing to buy green initiatives as long as they have functional benefits as well. General knowledge on ethical or sustainable labels is relatively low among South African consumers. More than 50% are more likely to purchase a product if it carries a Fairtrade logo, 25% even regardless of cost. It is widely known that mislabelling various products is common in South Africa. This could result in a decline in consumers’ trust, paying less attention and being less aware of certain labels. Accurate information that is widely and easily attainable and understandable could encourage consumers to find out more and thus become more perceptive of the labels.

Download the report on the TDC website

TDC and Sustainable tourism in Tanzania

23 February, 2018 - 09:17

The Enduimet Wildlife Management Area is located in Tanzania, right next to Kilimanjaro. This area is mainly inhabited by the Masai, but is also the home of elephants and many other wild animal species. The local Masai community was looking for a way to improve their standard of living and at the same time take greater care of the animals and their environment. They found a solution in the development of responsible tourism with the support of the Trade for Development Center and the local NGO Honeyguide Foundation.

Check out for yourself how they do this!

Com On In Coobana Fairtrade Banana Plantation

23 February, 2018 - 09:11

"Bananas are one of our best love fruits. We eat 5 billion of them each year in the UK. This film tells the story about some of the people who produce bananas for us and their journey to getting a fairer deal supported by Fairtrade.Film length: 6m3s"

The World of Organic Agriculture 2018

22 February, 2018 - 13:42
A booming organic sector: more farmers, more land and a growing market. 57.8 million hectares of organic agricultural land – the organic market grows to almost 90 billion US DollarsThe 2018 edition of the study “The World of Organic Agriculture” (data per end of 2016) published by FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International shows that the positive trend seen in the past years continues: Consumer demand for organic products is increasing, more farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 178 countries report organic farming activities. The survey is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), and NürnbergMesse, the organizers of the BIOFACH fair.

The global organic market continues to growThe market research company Ecovia Intelligence estimates that the global market for organic food reached 89.7 billion US dollars in 2016 (more than 80 billion euros). The United States is the leading market with 38.9 billion euros, followed by Germany (9.5 billion euros), France (6.7 billion euros), and China (5.9 billion euros). In 2016, most of the major markets continued to show double-digit growth rates, and the French organic market grew by 22 percent. The highest per capita spending was in Switzerland (274 Euros), and Denmark had the highest organic market share (9.7 percent of the total food market).Almost three million producers worldwideIn 2016, 2.7 million organic producers were reported. India continues to be the country with the highest number of producers (835’200), followed by Uganda (210’352), and Mexico (210’000).Organic farmland increases by 15 percent to almost 58 million hectaresA total of 57.8 million hectares were organically managed at the end of 2016, representing a growth of 7.5 million hectares over 2015, the largest growth ever recorded. Australia is the country with the largest organic agricultural area (27.2 million hectares), followed by Argentina (3 million hectares), and China (2.3 million hectares).Almost haft of the global organic agricultural land is in Oceania (27.3 million hectares), followed by Europe (23 percent; 13.5 million hectares), and Latin America (12 percent; 7.1 million hectares).Ten percent or more of the farmland is organic in fifteen countriesThe countries with the largest organic share of agricultural land of their total farmland are the Liechtenstein (37.7 percent), French Polynesia (31.3 percent), and Samoa (22.4 percent). In fifteen countries, 10 percent or more of all agricultural land is organic, a new record.
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Germany: supermarket giant Aldi embraces fair trade cocoa

19 February, 2018 - 12:02
 "German discount supermarket giant Aldi is using more fair trade cocoa in its assortment. Could this steer the product into the mainstream?"
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Uganda: Fairtrade recertification of Selecta one cutting farm

16 February, 2018 - 17:19
"The Selecta one cutting farm Wagagai Ltd. in Uganda has been successfully Fairtrade recertified. This has been decided by FLO-CERT, the global certification body for Fairtrade verification services, on 15 January 2018.

This decision was based on the verification of the certification through controls and audits on site by FLO-CERT. All Fairtrade standards have been fulfilled and the recertification process has been successfully completed. This means that Wagagai Ltd. remains Fairtrade certified for flowers and plants."

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Stanford researchers reveal limited scope of corporate approaches to social and environmental issues

15 February, 2018 - 16:59
The first large-scale analysis of corporate practices for sourcing sustainable materials shows that many companies address sustainability at some level, but most deal with only one or a subset of materials within a small portion of their supply chain.
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Beyond Certification: How Can Sustainability be Achieved in the Cocoa Sector?

12 February, 2018 - 16:47
Different parties have rarely been as unified in their objective as it was the case in the joint event of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (Gisco) and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) on the opening day of ISM, the international fair for sweets and snacks in Cologne.Representatives from the chocolate and cocoa industry, grocery retail, non-governmental organizations, from the German government and producer organizations from Côte d’Ivoire came together to discuss ways to achieve more progress in addressing key challenges confronting the global cocoa sector, including farmer poverty, climate change and deforestation.Read further the press release of the World Cocoa Foundation

Kenya's flower industry threatens country's fisheries

9 February, 2018 - 16:32
"The area around Kenya's Lake Naivasha is known colloquially as the flower bed of Africa. The cut flowers industry generates five percent of Kenya's GDP – and causes extensive pollution. Fertilizers from the fields drain directly into the lake’s waters." (