• Small Farmers Big Change
    April 14, 2014

    For all of you who couldn’t make the first Fair Trade Banana Conference held by Equal Exchange last month here in Boston, I encourage you to read this blog post by Aliza Wasserman.  Aliza has done a great job summarizing some of the main concerns facing small banana producers, alternative traders, and committed stores and consumers, that were discussed during our two day conference.  You can also read more about the conference and ideas for follow-up here.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    April 10, 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 Change
    April 3, 2014

    Mark your calendar and spread the word! The television premiere of SHIFT CHANGE is Sunday, April 6 at 5pm PST onKCTS-9 (Seattle’s PBS affiliate).
    Because KCTS-9 also broadcasts via KYVE-47 and various cable and satellite channels, SHIFT CHANGE will be seen throughout the Northwest and in many parts of Canada.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    April 3, 2014

    Thank you for attending the Equal Exchange Banana Conference!
    Participants came willing to ask the difficult questions and contend with imperfect solutions. And while we only scratched the surface, it’s clear that we have the building blocks of a real movement for change.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    April 1, 2014

    By Tom Hanlon-Wilde, Equal Exchange Sales Manager

  • Equal Exchange
    March 28, 2014

    Equal Exchange is proud to launch a new joint tea project with our sister co-operative in the United Kingdom, Equal Exchange Trading Ltd.

    Co-ops have represented the heart of Fair Trade and its goal of building markets for small farmers from the beginning and we have joined forces to advance the work of authentic Fair Trade. At a time when corporations and plantations threaten the integrity of this movement, we are excited to be working in partnership to bring consumers and farmers around the world closer together.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    March 25, 2014

    I wanted to repost something that Carol Schachet, Director of Development and Communications, at Grassroots International wrote earlier this year about the important role that small farmers play in “… feeding the world, counteracting greenhouse gas emissions and other environmentally toxic poisons, conserving water and biodiversity and expanding social and economic justice.”  Click here to read this interesting piece about small farmers, Via Campesina, and our food system.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    March 21, 2014

    People often confuse the terms.  They sound so similar.  Free and Fair.  To the uninformed, they even seem to go hand in hand.
    Yet, no two concepts could be further apart in terms of what each represents as an idea and what impact each has on small farmers, workers, consumers, local communities, the environment, and so much more.

  • Beth Ann Caspersen
    March 18, 2014

    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 Change
    March 17, 2014

    Equal Exchange’s Banana Conference:
    The Future of Authentic Fairtrade Bananas
    March 21st, 22nd, and 23rd 2014
    Boston, Massachusetts
    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?
    Click here!

    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.