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EFICO Group to support World Coffee Research Global Coffee Monitoring Program

16 April, 2018 - 09:11
The EFICO Group announces a US$90,000 contribution to World Coffee Research. This commitment supports the industry-backed, nonprofit R&D organization to bring improved varieties and climate-smart agronomy approaches to farmers.
EFICO’s contribution via its Foundation will support a global network of farmer field trials—called the Global Coffee Monitoring Program—to test which combinations of improved varieties and climate-smart farming practices deliver the most profit to the farmer. The approach is innovative on multiple fronts: testing improved technologies on a farmer’s own land and not in a research station, prioritizing farmer profitability and return on investment, and working together with farmers, exporters, NGOs, and governments to implement the trials.
In supporting WCR’s program, EFICO proactively seeks for long term solutions towards farmers’ resilience and profitability, climate change and sustainable and productive coffee landscapes , ” says EFICO Group CEO Michel Germanès. “Research-based field trials and knowledge transfer are essential to enhance the transition to a more sustainable coffee future. This will benefit all actors in the supply chain, with coffee farming communities at the forefront.”
EFICO is supporting a minimum of 12 sites in Guatemala and Honduras which will return data for at least 5 years. In 2018, WCR expects 180 farm trials will be installed.By 2022 the full network will have nearly 1,200 trials ongoing.
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Saint Lucia's Fairtrade Organization addresses "misinformation" over banana packaging

11 April, 2018 - 13:43

"The National Fairtrade Organization (St Lucia Inc.) is concerned about the growing debate and general misinformation circulating in the country regarding the use of IFCO (Plastic) Trays for the packaging of bananas to the United Kingdom Market."

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EU Import duties on Kenyan flowers threaten future of Fairtrade producers

10 April, 2018 - 13:33
Fairtrade urgently calls for the EU and Kenyan government to find a solution which guarantees continued duty-free access for Kenyan cut flower imports, to protect the livelihoods of thousands of Kenyan flower workers and their families, before 1 October deadline.
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“Organic Fairtrade banana is gradually becoming standard”

9 April, 2018 - 13:27

The market for Fairtrade bananas has grown rapidly in recent years, and because of that, competition has also increased. Due to the structurally low price for conventional bananas in supermarkets, the price for these fair bananas is under more pressure.

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FAO - News Article: Agroecology can help change the world’s food production for the better

7 April, 2018 - 19:34
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva called for healthier and more sustainable food systems, and said agroecology can contribute to such a transformation. José Graziano da Silva made the call during his opening remarks at the 2nd International Agroecology Symposium in Rome (3-5 April).

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Farmers in India Laud State Restrictions of Glyphosate

14 March, 2018 - 20:14
"The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has restricted the use of glyphosate and other herbicides to safeguard soil microbial activity, water, and human health. The new rules will also curtail the illegal production of genetically engineered herbicide tolerant (HT) cotton, which has not been approved for commercial use."
Read the article of the Cornucopia Institute

Rombouts Coffee Has Introduced a Series of Fairtrade Varieties

11 March, 2018 - 19:30

"The brand has announced the launch of two new varieties including 'Déca Aqua' and 'Bio & Fairtrade,' which are both crafted from Fairtrade ingredients as well as boasting an organic profile."
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Scottish shoppers buy into Fairtrade

27 February, 2018 - 17:38
According to the figures provided by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, 43 per cent of Scots in 2016 reported buying more Fairtrade products than in the preceding year, marking an 8 per cent increase since 2012.

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Market research : ethical products in South Africa

26 February, 2018 - 16:23
Market research on customers’ awareness, opinion and understanding of ethical labels in South Africa
The Trade for Development Centre and Ask Africa worked together on a market study to look into the popularity of ethical products in South Africa. The purpose of this study is to analyse the attitude of South Africans towards ethical products, certified Fairtrade, MSC, FCS, etc.

Over 1700 face-to-face interviews were conducted in seven metropolitan areas to measure the awareness and understanding of ethical labels among consumers as well as their shopping habits with regard to Fairtrade, ethical and/or sustainable products.

The study shows that the majority of South Africans are aware of environmental issues and are willing to buy green initiatives as long as they have functional benefits as well. General knowledge on ethical or sustainable labels is relatively low among South African consumers. More than 50% are more likely to purchase a product if it carries a Fairtrade logo, 25% even regardless of cost. It is widely known that mislabelling various products is common in South Africa. This could result in a decline in consumers’ trust, paying less attention and being less aware of certain labels. Accurate information that is widely and easily attainable and understandable could encourage consumers to find out more and thus become more perceptive of the labels.

Download the report on the TDC website