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Fairtrade Kenyan roses project audited amid corruption fears

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A flagship Fairtrade project that produces roses for some of Britain’s biggest supermarkets has been embroiled in a corruption investigation.

Supplier of cut flowers to UK supermarkets including Sainsbury’s and Morrisons orders inquiry into distribution of funds.

Read further the article by The Guardian

The Role of Aid for Trade in Building the Capacity of Developing Country Firms to Meet Sustainability Standards

19 Octobre, 2017 - 15:26
"One of the major contemporary challenges facing developing country firms, and especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), is the ever increasing number of regulations and sustainability standards required of them if they are to integrate into global value chains. This paper focuses on the potential role that Aid for Trade—aid designed specifically to assist developing countries in overcoming supply-side issues and capture the gains of trade—can play in assisting those developing country SMEs and small producers who are struggling to comply with the sustainability standards required by value chains." 
Read the study by Jim ReddenICTSD

Global sales of Fairtrade products reached €7.88 billion in 2016

18 Octobre, 2017 - 08:57
Global sales of Fairtrade products reached €7.88 billion in 2016, with solid growth rates among key products: coffee sales increased by 3 percent, cocoa by 34 percent, sugar by 7 percent, and bananas, tea, and flowers and plants by 5 percent each. 
The market that grew fastest last year was Austria, with an increase of 46 percent in Fairtrade retail sales, mostly due to the excellent reception of Fairtrade Sourcing Partnerships Programs in the country. France, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland, four mature Fairtrade markets, also experienced substantial increases in sales, all with more than 20 percent growth. South Africa has bucked the international growth trend for Fairtrade sales, in part due to the worst drought in more than 80 years, and the increase in certification costs due to a weaker rand.
During 2016, Fairtrade worked with more than 1.6 million farmers and workers around the globe, through more than 1,411 certified producer organizations across 73 countries. Global Fairtrade sales totalled €7.88 billion in 2016, Farmers and workers also received €150 million in Fairtrade Premium, an extra sum of money that producer groups invest in projects of their choice.
Read more in the Fairtrade International annual report

Chocolate and the consumption of forests

18 Octobre, 2017 - 08:39
"This study by Mark D. Noble explores the potential links between specialization in cocoa exports and deforestation in developing nations through the lens of ecologically unequal exchange. Although chocolate production was once considered to have only minimal impacts on forests, recent reports suggest damaging trends due to increased demand and changing cultivation strategies."

Read the study

Event : Business for a Fair World - Belgian Fair Trade Week

1 Octobre, 2017 - 16:58
WFTO-Europe invites you to discover and discuss fair business practices with experts from the field!

As part of the Belgian Fair Trade Week (Semaine du commerce équitable), the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe, together with its partners Belgian Development Agency BTC, Oxfam-Magasins du monde, Fair Trade Advocacy Office, Belvas, Equo Garantito and Groupe One, is pleased to offer the "Business for a Fair World" World Café.

A World Café is a specific discussion format where people discuss various topics in several groups. The main idea is that individuals switch groups periodically which allows them to discuss several topics during a single event. Each group is hosted by an expert from the field, in our case a representative from each of our partners mentioned above, to whom participants can pose questions.

Besides the World Café itself, which will be the main part of our event, you can also look forward to a general presentation aiming to provide basic introduction about Fair Trade and its current situation in Belgium- in particular as it seeks the title of Fair Trade nation. The event will close with the opportunity for informal networking, during which Fair Trade juice will be served.
For more information on the program's content, please take a look here: https://wfto-europe.org/event
The event is free of charge.Please, register here: http://bit.ly/2gGoUmCWednesday, 11 Octobre, 2017 - 17:00Event PageBusinessforaBetterWorldPoster.docxAdresse: Franklin Rooseveltlaan 501050 Brussels Google Maps projects@wfto-europe.org