March is Women’s History Month–the perfect time to highlight a new initiative that I helped create: Java Jog for a Cause. The co-founders and I started out as a small group of women in coffee that serendipitously came together through our mutual interests: coffee, and in particular, women in coffee. We wanted to find a meaningful way to highlight the important role that women play in coffee and pair that with health and fitness.
Small Farmers Big ChangeMarch 17, 2014
Equal Exchange’s Banana Conference:
The Future of Authentic Fairtrade Bananas
March 21st, 22nd, and 23rd 2014
The conference is coming up fast.
We’d like to fill you in on the details and get ready for what’s to come.
Need a map of where things are happening and when?
The most important thing is to come hungry to learn and excited to make connections across the supply chain.
To prepare, we suggest that you read these 3 short pieces so that we can hit the ground running.
Small Farmers Big ChangeMarch 13, 2014
A brief stop on our way back from a meeting with one of the women’s groups organized through FTAK, somewhere between the towns of Kudiyanmala and Vellad.
Small Farmers Big ChangeMarch 5, 2014
… and having trouble navigating the waters?
Many thanks to Fair World Project for their easy-to-use, interactive, fun tool to help you distinguish between seven different certification schemes.
Meets FWP’s expectations and/or is a model program in this area.
Acceptable policy that at least meets current industry standards, but there is room for improvement.
Small Farmers Big ChangeFebruary 18, 2014
We just heard from Molly Lu that we’ve aired on Taiwanese tv. Molly works with Foody Company, Ltd., a distributor in Taiwan who is a big supporter of Equal Exchange and has been buying our products for many years now.
A rough translation of the news segment is as follows:
After Chinese New Year soon comes Valentine’s Day. Many of us will purchase chocolate but most of us are not aware that child labor is involved in the production process. Products certified through Equal Exchange guarantee child labor is prohibited.
Small Farmers Big ChangeFebruary 14, 2014
Over the past seven years, Equal Exchange Bananas has facilitated a frank discussion about authentic Fair Trade, alternative sourcing, and how these affect small farmers. Continuing in this vein, we invite you to attend the Equal Exchange Banana Conference in Boston, MA in March 2014.
Learn more and register online for the Conference
Kelsie EvansFebruary 12, 2014