Tue, May 17, 2016 - 11:57pm

World Fair Trade Day Celebration in San Salvador!

Small Farmers, Big Change
May 17, 2016

“I Support Fair Trade,” says the banner.  World Fair Trade Day isn’t just celebrated here in the North.  All over the world, small farmer organizations also celebrate World Fair Trade Day at fairs, festivals, and other events.  Last Friday, Brenda Ceren, of Aprainores and Eduardo Murcia, Treasurer of Aprainores’ Board of Directors joined small farmer coffee farmers at a Fair in San Salvador, sponsored by Fairtrade International and the Latin American Coordinating Body of Fair Trade Producers.

Tue, May 17, 2016 - 10:49pm

Call for Solidarity with the small farmers’ organization, NORANDINO

Small Farmers, Big Change
May 17, 2016

Call for Solidarity with the small farmers’ organization, NORANDINO
(Piura, Peru)
Last March 23, NORANDINO was decertified abruptly by the fair trade certification body FLO-Cert.
NORANDINO is member of FUNDEPPO, Foundation of Organized Small Producers; the organization behind the SPP (Small Producers’ Symbol).
NORANDINO, formerly known as CEPICAFÉ, is an organization with a history of twenty years as a pioneering and exemplary organization of small fair trade producers in the area of Piura, Peru.

Wed, May 11, 2016 - 2:29pm

New Troubles for Salvadoran Cashew Farmers

Small Farmers, Big Change
May 11, 2016

I’m on my way to El Salvador and Honduras to visit our cashew co-op partners. Sadly, we got word last week that “unseasonable” rains and winds have destroyed 75% of this year’s cashew crop and the co-op in Salvador (Aprainores) has had to shut down their processing plant after just two weeks; laying off the 60 or so women whose income depends on the plant. Instead of the 60,000 or so pounds of cashews that Aprainores was planning to export this year, they will export nothing.
Very sad indeed.

Thu, May 5, 2016 - 9:37am

A Fair Trade Story

Small Farmers, Big Change
May 5, 2016

In honor of World Fair Trade Day, our friends at the Fair World Project have created this excellent 4-minute video that tells the story of authentic fair trade:  what it’s about; why it’s important to support organized small farmer co-operatives; and how we, consumers-citizens, can begin to take back our food system.

Wed, Apr 27, 2016 - 6:40am

In the Trenches with Berta Caceres

Small Farmers, Big Change
April 27, 2016

On March 3, 2016, environmentalist and human rights activist Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home in Honduras. Berta was internationally recognized for her leadership in opposing a World Bank-financed dam project that would have devastated the lands where she and other indigenous Lenca people live.  In 2015, she  was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize.

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