Thu, Jan 2, 2014 - 6:11am

Small Farmers, Big Change in South India (Part II)

Small Farmers, Big Change
January 2, 2014
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Part Two: Here in South India, we can report there have been positive changes in the last few years in the effort by Peeramade Development Society (PDS) and Tea Promoters of India (TPI) to empower small tea farmers.  Peeramade Development Society is a Catholic church of India based NGO that has a variety of projects to support the rural poor.  Tea Promoters of India is a unique family-owned tea operation that has a foundational commitment to authentic fair trade and to small tea producers.

Wed, Jan 1, 2014 - 7:31pm

Small Farmers, Big Change in South India (Part I)

Small Farmers, Big Change
January 1, 2014

The following post was written by Rink Dickinson, Co-founder and Co-President of Equal Exchange
Paul Mathew, Phyllis Robinson, Binod Mohan, Rink Dickinson, O D Wilson following a tour of the tea factory
I am on a trip with my colleagues, Wells Neal, Deepak Khandelwal, and Phyllis Robinson.  We have been visiting tea farmers and cashew farmers in South India.  This post focuses on what we have seen on the tea part of the trip and how it relates to the overall story of small farmers in tea: that is to say; authentic fair trade in tea.

Mon, Dec 2, 2013 - 8:04am

Fair Enough?

Small Farmers, Big Change
December 2, 2013

Ian Hussey y Patrick Clark have pubilshed an article about the new farmer owned certification system, the Small Producer Symbol (SPP), for its Spanish acronym), in the October edition of the New Internationalist.

Wed, Nov 27, 2013 - 9:47am

Authentic Fair Trade Organizations Advocate for the Highest Fair Trade Labeling Standards

Small Farmers, Big Change
November 27, 2013

We just received this summary of recent events in the world of Fair Trade certification from our friends at the Fair World Project.  If you’re concerned about the integrity of labeling schemes, please read the various links which explain changes in labeling requirements, sourcing standards, and our responses to those changes.
 
 
 
Responses to Fairtrade International’s Fairtrade Sourcing Partnership

Thu, Nov 14, 2013 - 12:21pm

An Equal Exchange

Ashley Cheuk
November 14, 2013
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I just got back from a weeklong visit to the Dominican Republic, where a group of us--a mix of Equal Exchange staff, food co-op managers, and Interfaith liaisons--visited cacao-growing communities that belong to CONACADO Co-op, an umbrella organization of about 10,000 cacao farmers.

Thu, Oct 31, 2013 - 9:06am

Moments of Learning in Central America

Small Farmers, Big Change
October 31, 2013

By Carly Kadlec, Equal Exchange Coffee Purchaser
Over the past several weeks I have been in Central America, visiting our producer partner groups. At every stop along the way, I get gems of knowledge dropped on me at totally unexpected moments.  Sometimes this is as straight forward as a farmer explaining a new organic practice that I have never seen before. However, more often than not, producers shatter my worldview with their incredibly refined and pointed observations of the world in which we live.

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