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  • Small Farmers Big Change
    June 29, 2015

    The following post was written by Sara Mersha, Director of Grantmaking and Advocacy at Grassroots International on World Environment Day. Sara eloquently makes the connections between food sovereignty, agroecology, and climate justice. Reposted from the Grassroots International blog.
    Sara Mersha
    June 5th, 2015

  • Peter Buck
    June 26, 2015
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    There’s excitement here at Equal Exchange about Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment, “Laudato Si’ (Praise Be): Care for our Common Home.” In the Pope’s encyclical, he makes a powerful call for urgent action on climate change and environmental pollution. These issues are of paramount importance to many, including us at Equal Exchange.

  • Beth Ann Caspersen
    June 25, 2015
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    Over the last four years, Equal Exchange has raised more than $50,000 for the Panzi Foundation through the Congo Coffee Project. The money has supported survivors of sexual violence at Maison Dorcas, the Panzi Hospital’s aftercare program in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    June 22, 2015

    The following article was written on May 5th, by Jerónimo Pruijn, Executive Director of the Foundation of Small Producers (FUNDEPPO)
    Rosa Guaman, President of the SPP, and other members voting at the Annual Meeting in Panama City, May 2015
    There is no better day than today, May 5th, to share some words about the Small Producers’ Symbol (SPP, for its Spanish Acronym). I was born in Holland, and on May 5th  in Holland, we celebrate Liberation Day, the day the occupation ended during World War II.

  • Beth Ann Caspersen
    June 22, 2015
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    Coffee Quality Manager Beth Ann Caspersen traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to judge the country's first-ever coffee cupping competition. Here's part three of her updates from the field.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    June 19, 2015

    A Cry for Change!
    After weeks of eager anticipation, yesterday’s unveiling of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change has finally arrived: in newspapers, social media, television and radio, the world is abuzz with his message: it is time that the conversation about economic inequality and the devastation of our planet be treated as one struggle. The roots of these injustices are the same and the way out of the crisis is the same: a sustainable economy that places people and the planet before greed and the reckless pursuit of profit.

  • Sara Fiore
    June 12, 2015
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    A conversation with Jose Alfredo Lovo Variegas, from a 2015 Equal Exchange delegation to Nicaragua.

  • Beth Ann Caspersen
    June 1, 2015
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    Coffee Quality Manager Beth Ann Caspersen is currently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to judge the country's first-ever coffee cupping competition. Here's part two of her updates from the field.

  • Beth Ann Caspersen
    May 26, 2015
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    Coffee Quality Manager Beth Ann Caspersen is currently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to judge the country's first-ever coffee cupping competition. Here's part one of her updates from the field.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    May 15, 2015

    On May 1st Equal Exchange turned 29!
    We celebrate our anniversary by holding an annual meeting where we discuss the state of our business and our co-operative, among other items.   And of course, as important as that meeting is, it doesn’t hold a candle to the festivities that we engage in later that evening. : )
    This year, I was in Panama, attending the Fourth Annual Gathering of the Small Producer Symbol (SPP) and couldn’t make it back in time for the activities.

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