Wed, Nov 30, 2016 - 11:53am

Support Farmers in Ecuador Post-Earthquake

Equal Exchange
November 30, 2016

It may seem like a distant memory at this point, but you may recall that Ecuador was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April of 2016. The epicenter of the earthquake was located near the town of Muisne – a community that is part of our partner organization UOPROCAE, or the Union of Producers of Cacao of Arriba Esmeraldas. One of the cities that suffered the worst infrastructure damage was Portoviejo, close to our other cacao partner organization Fortaleza del Valle. We reached out immediately to both groups and were very relieved to learn that there were no fatalities among the members and staff of the UOPROCAE or Fortaleza del Valle. However, damage to personal property and the property belonging to the farmer organizations is significant and will be slow to fully rebuild.

Wed, Nov 23, 2016 - 2:18pm

Giving Thanks for Avocados

Jessica Jones-Hughes
November 23, 2016
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Four years ago, the Equal Exchange banana team launched an avocado program knowing little about the avocado market and the realities of the industry in the U.S. We started our work in avocados because we met a small farmer co-op fighting for market access in an industry where farmer voices were absent. Equal Exchange has always had a non-traditional approach in the way that we craft our producer relationships and introduce new products. Not the typical, “there is a need in the market, let’s fill it;” instead we build through relationships.

Wed, Nov 23, 2016 - 10:04am

Post-Election Reflections on Democracy

Rink Dickinson
November 23, 2016

I want to start by sharing about my personal politics.

I am a democratic socialist, an electoral aficionado, and someone who thinks a lot about U.S. and world history. My voting history is varied; at times I have voted for the Democratic Party, as well as third parties. And not that long ago I voted for a Republican for Senate in my state of Rhode Island. I have voted with and without excitement. 

Wed, Nov 23, 2016 - 9:20am

Post-Election Reflections on Democracy

Small Farmers, Big Change
November 23, 2016

The following article was written by Rink Dickinson, President of Equal Exchange
I want to start by sharing about my personal politics.
I am a democratic socialist, an electoral aficionado, and someone who thinks a lot about U.S. and world history. My voting history is varied; at times I have voted for the Democratic Party, as well as third parties. And not that long ago I voted for a Republican for Senate in my state of Rhode Island. I have voted with and without excitement.

Sat, Nov 12, 2016 - 10:08am

Post Election Reflections

Small Farmers, Big Change
November 12, 2016

The following article was written by Rob Everts, Co-President, Equal Exchange
Devastating. Disorienting. Frightening.
There’s no escaping it. Viscerally and pragmatically, the future looks really bleak as we absorb what transpired in this country last Tuesday.

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