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  • Small Farmers Big Change
    August 5, 2014

    “During the war, my comandante told me that we were fighting for a house, a piece of land, and a business. Today, I have a house; some land; we co-own our business; and, my comandante … is President [of El Salvador]!” Oscar Valladares, former President, APRAINORES
     
    Oscar Valladares

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    August 4, 2014
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    Have you been following the outpouring of new research about the important role of bacteria in our body and its link to our health? There was very little information about how our microflora (a.k.a. gut bacteria) influenced our health until about five years ago. The new findings are truly revolutionizing our understanding of health and nutrition (think probiotics and prebiotics).

  • Carly Kadlec
    July 30, 2014
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    The Cooperation in Productivity event was the first time Equal Exchange has organized a peer-led, on-farm learning experience between farmer organizations. It was incredibly exciting, not just because it was the first event of its kind for us, but because of all the farmer-driven content.

  • Carly Kadlec
    July 25, 2014
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    In Part 1, I explained the groundwork philosophy that the members of COMSA (Honduras) shared with the members of Las Colinas (El Salvador). Now let's get a little nerdy and dig into the more practical, technical side of what COMSA shared and how it has contributed to their success.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    July 22, 2014
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    Many thanks to Chuck Bordman for this creative 48-second video about the corporatization of Fair Trade and the work of committed brands to support small farmers and Authentic Fair Trade in this context.

  • Carly Kadlec
    July 10, 2014
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    Don Mario Pérez likes to learn, and he likes to challenge the people around him to learn. While visiting his home and coffee farm during an organic workshop in early June, Don Mario and his wife, Joselinda Manueles, explained their philosophy to me.

  • Ashley Cheuk
    May 29, 2014

    This spring, we raised $4,720 to help Ugandan women build 118 energy-efficient stoves in their communities, surpassing our goal of 100 stoves! Thanks to everyone who contributed to the effort by entering our g

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    May 29, 2014

    This summer as you reach for a snack to fuel your hike, bike, swim, picnic in the park, test out some of the ideas below. You will not only be making healthy choices for yourself, you will also be helping to sustain the environment for generations to come.

  • Ruthie Oland
    May 27, 2014
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    We've got some exciting updates to our Fair Trade and organic fundraising program for schools, groups and organizations! It's now easier to earn profits for your important community projects. Here's what's new starting Fall 2014.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    May 16, 2014

    Rising heat, extreme weather and pests mean the highland bean is running out of cool mountainsides on which it flourishes. Global warming is leading to bad, expensive coffee. The perfect storm of raising heat, extreme whether and ferocious pests mean the highland bean is running out of cool mountain sides on which it flourishes. Rich western urbanites expecting to dodge the impacts of climate change should prepare for a jolt: global warming is leading to bad, expensive coffee. Almost 2bn cups of coffee perk up its drinkers every day, but a perfect storm of rising heat, extreme weather and ferocious pests mean the highland bean is running out of cool mountainsides on which it flourishes. Read more here.

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