Fairtrade is an ethical certification whose main aim is to promote more equality and sustainability in the farming sector. A product that carries the Fairtrade Certification Mark has met the rigorous Fairtrade Standards, which focus on improving labour and living conditions for farming communities and on promoting a way of farming that doesn’t harm either people or the environment.
Agriculture is an industry under strain with a severe drought crippling production, the depreciation of the Rand, investor uncertainty and more. There are trends that have been exerting influence on the industry for years and new trends emerge as markets move and change fast.
Alvercia Juries (26) is not only the first person in her family and her community to attain a tertiary qualification, she is also the very first amongst those belonging to South Africa’s network of Fairtrade-accredited farms.
With just a few days until the crucial climate change talks start in Paris, Fairtrade producers from Latin America and Africa are preparing to travel to COP21 to make the voice of smallholders heard in the debate. They will be joining the call for a binding climate deal, sharing the resourceful ways they are finding to adapt and calling for more
The South African Fairtrade Sugar Project launched in 2014 and we can expect to see the first crop of cane sugar obtaining Fairtrade certification in late 2015 and, in addition, the first local company utilising locally produced Fairtrade certified sugar.
In November, the Col’Cacchio pizzeria annual Celebrity Chef Series will feature Ivor Jones, head chef at South Africa’s top restaurant, The Test Kitchen, when he will create a signature pizza in aid of charity, paired with Fairtrade wine brand Place in the Sun.
In the past years, many local producers, traders, journalists and consumers have asked us to explain the difference between the two certification schemes. We are finally ready to publish a presentation explaining our unique missions and structural differences.
Fairtrade has released a report that invites both public and private sectors, together with civil society and citizens, to work with us on helping bring the Sustainable Development Goals to life.
Businesses looking for innovative ways to take positive climate action by reducing their carbon footprint and compensating their emissions will soon have a new weapon in their fight against climate change, with the publication of the Fairtrade Climate Standard.
The Fairtrade Cotton Program unlocks exciting new opportunities for cotton farmers to improve their lives through Fairtrade. It connects farmers with the growing number of businesses seeking to make sustainable cotton a core part of their business.