• 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.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    March 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 Change
    March 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 Change
    March 4, 2014

    TransFair/Fair Trade USA walking away with the fruits of 25 years of the movement’s collective labor, to the detriment of small farmers & consumers.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    March 3, 2014

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  • Small Farmers Big Change
    February 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.

  • Virginia Berman
    February 18, 2014

    Learn to fundraise from a pro! Virginia Berman, Equal Exchange Community Sales Manager, and mom of two, shares what she's learned from seven years of fundraising in her children's schools.