Social Issues

  • A food vendor

    CEO Blog: Farmers deserve a seat at the table

    12 October 2018 by By Molly Harriss Olson, CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand

    Farmers are the people who put food on our plates. So it’s only fair they get a seat at the table when the future of agriculture is under discussion.

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  • Anjena from Gujarat

    International Day of the Girl Child 2018

    11 October 2018 by Iain Strachan

    What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a choice many girls around the world have never been offered, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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  • International Coffee Day 2018

    International Coffee Day 2018

    1 October 2018 by Iain Strachan

    Be it with friends, family or in a quiet moment all to yourself, drinking coffee is one of the highlights of the day. But its future is far from certain.

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  • MFAT PROJECT PNG

    Increasing Access to Market for Papua New Guinea Coffee and Cocoa Farmers

    30 September 2018 by Astra Rushton-Allan

    In 2018, Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) launched its latest collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), a three year project aimed at increasing access to market for Fairtrade coffee and cocoa farmers in Papua New Guinea. This new project will run from January 2018 until June 2021 and aims to benefit an estimated 51,870 farmers and their households.

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  • Cocoa producers from CANN in the Ivory Coast

    Why the Commonwealth can mean more than medals

    16 April 2018 by Molly Harriss Olson

    Every four years, Australians are reminded of that remnant of British imperialism, the Commonwealth. And every four years, we ask ourselves the same question: is the Commonwealth really relevant?

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  • cocoa producer from ECOOKIM

    World Health Day: Changing health outcomes one farming community at a time

    31 March 2018 by Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand

    As we reflect on World Health Day, consider this one story of hope.

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  • Juvencio Membreño Herrera

    Fairtrade: Setting our sights on the future

    12 October 2017 by By Arisbe Mendoza Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Fairtrade International

    Have you ever seen those house makeover shows? The ones where they transform a family’s run-down, drab house into a dazzling dream home in the space of a week, and everyone marvels at the before and after pictures.

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  • Cotton producer carrying a huge load of cotton on his head

    The Fairtrade Cotton Difference

    5 October 2017 by Amy Botta & Cormac Sheehan

    Something very important is happening in Gujarat, a rural region on India’s west coast. This is where we meet Mamtuben (on the left, with the headscarf) and Anjena (on right, in the fleece).

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  • Dario Soto Abril

    Fairtrade: setting our sights on the future

    20 September 2017 by By Darío Soto Abril, CEO of Fairtrade International

    An opinion piece by Darío Soto Abril, Chief Executive Officer of Fairtrade International. This piece first appeared on PlanetaFuturo/ElPaís on September 19, 2017 and is reproduced with their kind permission.

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  • Fairtrade tea

    Transforming trade to transforming lives: What does it take?

    24 August 2017 by Molly Harriss Olson, CEO Fairtrade ANZ

    The Asia Pacific is often called the world’s economic powerhouse, and for good reason. The world’s most rapidly developing region is being transformed by population growth, a rising middle class and an explosion of economic activity. Governments and businesses view it as the global epicentre for development and, let’s be honest, the centre of potential commercial profits. 


    Global management consultant McKinsey has tracked the centre of the world’s economic activity, finding that it is shifting south and east towards Asia at a rate faster than at any time in human history.

    As we know, trade is a central part of this economic movement and can be a force for good – or not. This explosive economic development comes at a price. An estimated 600 million people in Asia Pacific live in poverty – that’s more than half the world’s poor. More than 490 million are undernourished and another 11.5 million – or 56% of the global total for this metric – are trapped in modern forms of slavery.



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