Thu, Jan 23, 2014 - 1:15pm

New Community Help Hotline

James Razsa
January 23, 2014

Over the last year we at Equal Exchange have been making a concerted effort to have conversations with lots of our customers. We have called hundreds  and hundreds of our customers, some  folks who are just starting, others who  have been super stars for over a  decade and some who are working hard but are still not growing. 

Thu, Jan 16, 2014 - 8:47am

Wild Elephants Don’t Like Tea: More about small farmer tea in South India

Small Farmers, Big Change
January 16, 2014

Tea grown at the ashram.
Among the small farmer groups working with PDS are the Adivasis (tribal people), an ashram, and a convent. Here we are learning about the tea grown by nuns at the convent, and their very impressive organic composting practices.
At the ashram where in addition to their spiritual practices, they grow tea, fabricate organic compost, and raise cows to generate income and provide the local community with dairy products.

Thu, Jan 2, 2014 - 6:11am

Small Farmers, Big Change in South India (Part II)

Small Farmers, Big Change
January 2, 2014

Part Two: Here in South India, we can report there have been positive changes in the last few years in the effort by Peeramade Development Society (PDS) and Tea Promoters of India (TPI) to empower small tea farmers.  Peeramade Development Society is a Catholic church of India based NGO that has a variety of projects to support the rural poor.  Tea Promoters of India is a unique family-owned tea operation that has a foundational commitment to authentic fair trade and to small tea producers.

Wed, Jan 1, 2014 - 7:31pm

Small Farmers, Big Change in South India (Part I)

Small Farmers, Big Change
January 1, 2014

The following post was written by Rink Dickinson, Co-founder and Co-President of Equal Exchange
Paul Mathew, Phyllis Robinson, Binod Mohan, Rink Dickinson, O D Wilson following a tour of the tea factory
I am on a trip with my colleagues, Wells Neal, Deepak Khandelwal, and Phyllis Robinson.  We have been visiting tea farmers and cashew farmers in South India.  This post focuses on what we have seen on the tea part of the trip and how it relates to the overall story of small farmers in tea: that is to say; authentic fair trade in tea.

Mon, Dec 2, 2013 - 8:04am

Fair Enough?

Small Farmers, Big Change
December 2, 2013

Ian Hussey y Patrick Clark have pubilshed an article about the new farmer owned certification system, the Small Producer Symbol (SPP), for its Spanish acronym), in the October edition of the New Internationalist.

Wed, Nov 27, 2013 - 9:47am

Authentic Fair Trade Organizations Advocate for the Highest Fair Trade Labeling Standards

Small Farmers, Big Change
November 27, 2013

We just received this summary of recent events in the world of Fair Trade certification from our friends at the Fair World Project.  If you’re concerned about the integrity of labeling schemes, please read the various links which explain changes in labeling requirements, sourcing standards, and our responses to those changes.
Responses to Fairtrade International’s Fairtrade Sourcing Partnership


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