Category Archives: News

News

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 […]

WOW WOW WOW!

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 […]

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, […]

Notes from the field – The vanilla miracle

Many of us, at some point, have enjoyed a sweet treat that contained vanilla extract. But have you ever wondered how much work goes into the process of getting that final product on our shelves? The Aztec people in the current Mexico were reported to be the first who discovered and used vanilla in a […]

Producer and buyer collaborate in enticing youth to the farms

With 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 (the youth bracket), Africa has the youngest population in the world. The current trend indicates that this figure will double by 2045, according to the 2012 African Economic Outlook. Many African youth are leaving the farms in the rural areas for what they consider ‘greener pastures’ […]

Women from Asunafo North Union diversify into soap making

Shops and supermarket isles in Ghana will soon be spotting a new addition to their soap category known as ‘Alata Samina’. ‘Alata samina’ is the local name given to soap made from cocoa husks. The soap will be produced by women cocoa farmers from Asunafo North Union in Ghana. This project was borne out of […]

Kenya’s coffee reforms must involve farmers, says Fairtrade

The 18th of August 2016 saw Fairtrade coffee farmers from across Kenya gather in Nyeri County to discuss and put a statement on the Report released by the National Task Force on Coffee Sub-sector Reforms, and the General Coffee Regulations. They began by appreciating the move by H.E The President Uhuru Kenyatta on his exhortation […]

Moroccan Fairtrade cooperative scoops the Marjolaine award

On the 4th of October 2016, Cooperative Tighanimine was awarded the French prize for international solidarity known as Prix des Femmes Marjolaine (French prize Marjolaine). This award targets the Mediterranean region and it awards women conducting exemplary actions in food and agriculture development Cooperative Tighanimine, which brings together women producing argan oil, scooped the award […]