Month: March 2018

MOBIOM – Cotton in Mali

On the penultimate day of Fairtrade Fortnight will look at how Fairtrade works with cotton farmers in Mali and how they are developing to compete with richer cotton farms that receive subsidies in countries like the USA and China, as well as the European Union. The Malian Organic Movement (MOBIOM) began in 2002 and is ...

BSCFA – Sugar in Belize

Almost 40% of Belize's exports are sugar. The country is heavily reliant on its ability to grow and trade sugar and provides employment for about 40-50,000 out of a population of 324,000. When it comes to poverty, this region of Belize is lower than the national average but recently the unemployment rate and the number ...

KPD – Coffee in Tanzania

Kaderes Peasants Development Plc (KPD) was set up in 2008 as a cooperative to help farmers receive a fair wage for their products. Before the introduction of Fairtrade, farmers would sell produce to local traders through middlemen for a very low price that hindered personal and community development in the region. The produce sold by farmers ...

ECOOKIM – Cocoa in Ivory Coast

Enterprise Coopérative Kimbre (ECOOKIM) is a group of seven cooperatives that joined together in 2004 to improve growing conditions and quality of cocoa that would be sent around the world. It took a while to get cooperatives going and successful in Ivory Coast but ECOOKIM is just one of many success stories. Things haven't been ...

The World’s Plastic Free Supermarket!

Last week, Europe's first plastic-free aisle opened its doors in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Ekoplaza in Amsterdam will have around 700 plastic-free products on its shelves, including meats, rice, dairy and much more food that is typically found in plastic packaging in many supermarkets. Instead, packaging will be made out of biodegradable materials or materials ...