New app to reduce the use of highly toxic pesticides is now available

Reducing the use of highly toxic pesticides and offering relevant information about non-chemical pest control alternatives is key in a world where around two million tons of pesticides are consumed every year and where around 25 million agricultural workers experience unintentional pesticide poisonings annually. The new app, called Pesticides and Alternatives, brings a wealth of scientific knowledge directly to the phones of farmers and plantation managers in developing countries so they can identify the least toxic pest control methods for their crop and typical pests. It contains information on non-chemical…

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Fairtrade revises flagship standard

Small-scale farmers play an important role in global food production, but they often benefit least from global trade. To strengthen the power of farmers in trade relationships, Fairtrade International have announced a new version of its certification standard for small-scale farmers. The revised standard aims to drive more benefits for Fairtrade farmer organizations and make them more resilient to market shocks and climate change. Dario Soto Abril, Global CEO of Fairtrade International, said: “The revised standard reflects one of Fairtrade’s most fundamental beliefs: the greatest impact for farmers can be…

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Fairtrade becomes a member of the International Cocoa Initiative

Fairtrade and ICI have already started working together to enhance the effectiveness of their respective efforts towards child labour reduction. Amongst other things, the two organizations will compare approaches and results on their respective Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation Systems (CLMRS), exploring how they might be more easily embedded in supply chains and scaled-up across communities. “We’re excited to be linking ICI’s child protection expertise with Fairtrade’s mission to improve farmer livelihoods and tackle farmer poverty” said Nick Weatherill, ICI’s Executive Director. “By tapping into Fairtrade’s extensive sustainability footprint across…

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New Leadership School Strengthens Women Farmers

Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive. Yet in many of the countries where Fairtrade works, women farmers receive lower pay than men, are often unable to own land and struggle to access loans or training. Fairtrade’s Gender Strategy places special emphasis on training to strengthen women at producer organizations. As part of this, the Fairtrade Network of Asia & Pacific Producers has launched a new gender leadership school. It focuses on business skills which can be a powerful tool for women, providing practical training in skills such…

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Fairtrade secures funding from the EU to advance the Sustainable Development Goals

The European Union has confirmed a multi-year grant to Fairtrade International to serve as a key strategic partner for the EU’s commitments to Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships to support the other 16 goals. The funding will support the three regional Fairtrade Producer Networks, the Fair Trade Advocacy Office and Fairtrade International to strengthen our operations and institutional capacity in the following areas: Internal governance, including 2025 strategy development, roll-out of a global safeguarding mechanism Capacity building and expanding inclusive representation of women, youth and workers in Producer Network governance…

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