• Small Farmers Big Change
    January 16, 2014

    Tea grown at the ashram.
    Among the small farmer groups working with PDS are the Adivasis (tribal people), an ashram, and a convent. Here we are learning about the tea grown by nuns at the convent, and their very impressive organic composting practices.
    At the ashram where in addition to their spiritual practices, they grow tea, fabricate organic compost, and raise cows to generate income and provide the local community with dairy products.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    January 13, 2014

    Happy New Year!

    We hope that the start to 2014 brings with it new energy and positive growth, both personally and professionally, to everyone in our Bananacado network.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    January 2, 2014

    Part Two: Here in South India, we can report there have been positive changes in the last few years in the effort by Peeramade Development Society (PDS) and Tea Promoters of India (TPI) to empower small tea farmers.  Peeramade Development Society is a Catholic church of India based NGO that has a variety of projects to support the rural poor.  Tea Promoters of India is a unique family-owned tea operation that has a foundational commitment to authentic fair trade and to small tea producers.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    January 1, 2014

    The following post was written by Rink Dickinson, Co-founder and Co-President of Equal Exchange
    Paul Mathew, Phyllis Robinson, Binod Mohan, Rink Dickinson, O D Wilson following a tour of the tea factory
    I am on a trip with my colleagues, Wells Neal, Deepak Khandelwal, and Phyllis Robinson.  We have been visiting tea farmers and cashew farmers in South India.  This post focuses on what we have seen on the tea part of the trip and how it relates to the overall story of small farmers in tea: that is to say; authentic fair trade in tea.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    December 2, 2013

    Ian Hussey y Patrick Clark have pubilshed an article about the new farmer owned certification system, the Small Producer Symbol (SPP), for its Spanish acronym), in the October edition of the New Internationalist.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    November 27, 2013

    We just received this summary of recent events in the world of Fair Trade certification from our friends at the Fair World Project.  If you’re concerned about the integrity of labeling schemes, please read the various links which explain changes in labeling requirements, sourcing standards, and our responses to those changes.
    Responses to Fairtrade International’s Fairtrade Sourcing Partnership

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    November 21, 2013

    Rosa Guaman, Executive Director of Jambi Kiwa, an association of small medicinal herb producers in  Ecuador, speaking at the Third International Gathering of the SPP

  • Ashley Cheuk
    November 14, 2013

    I just got back from a weeklong visit to the Dominican Republic, where a group of us--a mix of Equal Exchange staff, food co-op managers, and Interfaith liaisons--visited cacao-growing communities that belong to CONACADO Co-op, an umbrella organization of about 10,000 cacao farmers.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    October 31, 2013

    By Carly Kadlec, Equal Exchange Coffee Purchaser
    Over the past several weeks I have been in Central America, visiting our producer partner groups. At every stop along the way, I get gems of knowledge dropped on me at totally unexpected moments.  Sometimes this is as straight forward as a farmer explaining a new organic practice that I have never seen before. However, more often than not, producers shatter my worldview with their incredibly refined and pointed observations of the world in which we live.

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    October 25, 2013

    With the holidays approaching, I always get questions about how to avoid packing on the pounds when our offices, homes, parties and stores are full of tempting, delectable treats. I, for one, am a huge sucker for my grandma’s fresh-baked rolls and chocolate chip cookies made with our new Equal Exchange chocolate chips