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Tue, Oct 24, 2017 - 11:59am

Celebrating Co-op Month

Sara Fiore
October 24, 2017

October is Co-op Month! At Equal Exchange, we’re proud to be a worker-owned co-operative and to trade with democratic farmer co-ops worldwide. Co-operative values are key to who we are, and they manifest in our daily and long-term work.

Mon, Oct 9, 2017 - 2:19pm

Creating Cacao Tasting Standards

Equal Exchange
October 9, 2017

In 2010, Equal Exchange and TCHO Chocolate embarked on a journey to partner in new and innovative ways with cacao co-operatives in Peru, Ecuador and Dominican Republic. With support from the USAID Co-operative Development Program, we set out to develop a project focused on three key factors for cooperative success: quality, productivity, and capitalization.

Tue, Oct 3, 2017 - 9:15am

Join Us: Ownership in the Food System

Ashley Symons
October 3, 2017

Equal Exchange launched the Action Forum a year ago as a way to ​engage around these issues on a deeper level. If we want to drive change in the food system, we have to try to understand its history and complexities, and grapple with things like democracy, food justice, and sustainability - together. The Action Forum community is invited to monthly interactive webinars hosted by Equal Exchange, and this month we're excited to offer a two-part series​ unpacking who owns what in the food system today.

Tue, Sep 26, 2017 - 11:45am

It's All Connected

Frankie Pondolph
September 26, 2017

A year ago we hosted Tomy Mathew at our first Action Forum event at Kickstand Cafe in Arlington, Mass. Tomy works with Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK), a small farmer organization in Kerala, India, that supplies cashews to Equal Exchange. FTAK was formed during the agrarian crisis that set producers in a cycle of poverty and indebtedness; farmers were not getting paid the cost of production for their crop. 

Mon, Sep 18, 2017 - 3:57pm

Fighting Climate Change Through Income Diversification

Laura Bechard
September 18, 2017

Two weeks ago, workers from Equal Exchange and La Siembra (a sister worker co-op committed to small farmers, based in Canada) had the opportunity to visit our mutual sugar partner, Manduvira co-operative in Paraguay, and share a day and a half at the homes and fields of several of its 986 farmer members.

Fri, Sep 8, 2017 - 9:31am

The History of Authentic Fair Trade: A Comic Book

Equal Exchange
September 8, 2017

If you've been following this blog over the last year, you've seen various critiques of the Fair Trade movement - both its history and the current state of the so-called movement that requires consumers to simply look for a certification seal. To help articulate an authentic version of Fair Trade that is shared by many Equal Exchange colleagues, allies, and partners, we created a comic book that presents the history of Fair Trade with illustrated condensed stories, and heroes and villains. Our hope is that readers will dig deeper, ask questions, and think about the future of small farmers, co-ops, and alternative trade organizations.

Tue, Sep 5, 2017 - 4:58pm

The Disastrous State of British Fair Trade and What We Can Learn From It

Rink Dickinson
September 5, 2017

Fair trade has gone further in the U.K. than perhaps any other country. And now fair trade—as viewed from the perspective of labeled product—is falling off the cliff. Sainsbury, one of the largest supermarkets in the U.K., is slowly abandoning the seal in favor of in-house certification. Tesco, another major supermarket, is abandoning the seal but on a faster timeline. Likewise, Mondelez, one of the largest chocolate companies, is replacing the already weakened, corporate-dominated seal with its own fully controlled, in-house seal.

Mon, Aug 28, 2017 - 1:41pm

Unpacking the Avocado Industry

Nicole Vitello
August 28, 2017

In August, I traveled to Michoacán to visit PRAGOR, the avocado co-operative that we partner with in Mexico. I visited both the avocado growers and the management of the co-op that buys the avocados from individual growers and gets them from the farms to the pack house into Equal Exchange branded boxes, and then sends them on the road to us here in the U.S. every week.


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