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An Open letter to Sainsbury’s from Fairtrade Producers

  We told Sainsbury’s loud and clear: “Your model will bring about disempowerment” Fairtrade is owned 50% by the producers it represents and we, Fairtrade tea farmers, workers, producer members of Fairtrade Africa, are unanimous in our decision to reject this unequal partnership with the Sainsbury’s Foundation. We believe it will strip us of rights […]

From Nomadism to a community champion

My name is Ann Siminta, the Standards Compliance Manager in Sher Ethiopia PLC a flower grower and exporter.  I was born in Narok, Kenya, near the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, where the Maasai live a pastoralist lifestyle. My background enables me understand nomadism only too well, as well as the painful struggles of […]

Fairtrade Premium enables access to water

“My name is Samuel Karanja Mugake. I am a tea farmer in Gacharage Tea Factory with two acres of tea. Gacharage is located on the slopes of Mt Kenya in a town known as Murang’a. I am also the Chairman of a water project in our catchment area known as Muthiria water project. Muthiria water […]


Growing from strength to strength, Fairtrade Africa’s third WOW! (Ways of Working) workshop took place in Nairobi, Kenya from 20th to 25th March 2017. Themed: ‘Partnership for Impact’, the workshop brought together participants from the Fairtrade system in Africa and  beyond to deliberate on leveraging partnerships to take Fairtrade Africa (FTA) and indeed the entire […]

Fairtrade certification has improved our lives

 “I can attest to the impact that comes with being Fairtrade certified. As the Vice Chairman of Cooperative Agricole de Gabiadj (COOPAGA), together with our membership, we learnt about Fairtrade certification after witnessing the improved quality of our neighbouring certified cocoa farmers and most importantly, the impact they were having on the community through their […]

The difference is real #yourcupmydignity

“I no longer use firewood I use gas. In fact, my eyes have been affected by the smoke from firewood, which I have been using for many years. I am now dependent on spectacles whenever I am reading, but what makes me happy, is the fact that I can afford this pair of glasses and […]


“My name is Charles Mugwe. I am a tea farmer in Othaya, which is in Nyeri county of Kenya. Othaya is famous for producing high quality tea that is exported to the UK and other parts of the world. Gitugi Primary School is one of the primary schools in this area. It was established in […]

Kericho Gold Attitude Teas launched in the Kenyan Market

Fairtrade Kenyan brand Kericho Gold which already had Green tea, Earl grey and Spiced tea, with the Fairtrade label, launched 11 additional Fairtrade labelled teas, known as the attitude range on the 25th of October 2016. Atteatude tea, Teavember, are amongst the trending terms coined around the launch of the teas. The launch had its […]

Let us talk about sexual harassment

In what is an industry first, The Kenya Flower Council in partnership with Fairtrade Africa and Workers’ Rights Watch (WRW) launched the Model Sexual Harassment Policy for Flower Farms in Kenya. This was on the 12th August 2016 in Nairobi. At the launch were representatives of  flower farms, civil society organisations who champion for the […]

Striking Gold – The 1st Fairtrade certified mining group in Africa!

Syanyonja Artisan Miners’ Alliance (SAMA) from Uganda has become the first artisanal small scale mining co-operative in Africa to become Fairtrade certified, bringing much needed hope to communities who risk their lives and environment to mine the rich gold seam that runs around Lake Victoria. SAMA is one of nine previously informal groups from Uganda, […]