Categories: Farmer Partners

  • Susan Sklar
    March 27, 2009
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    At the Tierra Nueva coffee and honey co-operative, some new initiatives are helping women to improve their economic standing. Gender roles in Latin America, as in most parts of the world, are inequitable.

  • Phyllis Robinson
    March 19, 2009
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    Each May we celebrate World Fair Trade Day. It feels important to take this opportunity to revisit the roots of Fair Trade, and reconsider what we aim to accomplish. Most people understand the critical importance of higher prices, advance credit and direct relationships; they allow farmers to stay on their land, send their children to school, and diversify their incomes. Yet, there's another equally - some would say even more important - goal of Fair Trade, one that seems to be slowly disappearing as new iterations of "ethical trade" and "direct trade" appear in the market: empowering communities and social movements. It is for this reason Equal Exchange chooses to work with small-farmer co-operatives.

  • Ashley Cheuk
    February 5, 2009
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    San Fernando Co-op is very young but has a lot of members - around 400. I was one of the first members in 2001. I've always been loyal to my co-op. It has grown little by little. What I like most is the organization. Before we were selling organic, but now the price is raised because it is Fair Trade. [People in the U.S.] should appreciate our coffee and that's important for us because we feel proud.

  • Ashley Cheuk
    February 5, 2009
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    During the five days I stayed in San Fernando, a coffee-farming community remotely located 6,000 feet up in the Andes Mountains of Peru, I only started to understand the complexities of rural life for the farmers and their families. Because of my academic background in gender studies, I was particularly interested in the breakdown of gender roles in San Fernando.

  • Ashley Cheuk
    March 20, 2008
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    Eulalia Palomino made a choice early in her life not to follow in her mother's footsteps. "I had a father who drank a lot and mistreated my mother. I said I wasn't going to be like her," Palomino said. "So, I decided to work for women in rural areas - women who are very put down."

  • Rink Dickinson
    March 9, 2006
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    Over the past decade the Fair Trade movement has experienced an unimaginable level of success. As Fair Trade grows and mainstreams over the next few years, there will be an increasing struggle to control its definition. Some changes have already taken place that are influencing its future direction. Several years ago, in a controversial move, one of the two Fair Trade certifiers changed a key requirement when they constructed the Fair Trade model for tea.

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