Dear supermarkets, can we have food without human suffering please?

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Informed Consumers Change Lives for the Better

All too often, making a positive contribution to international development can feel difficult and out of reach. But a project funded by the Development Education Awareness Raising Programme enables European shoppers to make some simple, informed choices that have improved the lives of countless people in the developing world. “The Make Fruit Fair! campaign was […]

‘A fairer share’: strengthening workers’ voices through Fairtrade, the labour movement and socially engaged companies

This article about how Fairtrade is working with Banana Link and others to deepen the value of Fairtrade and empowering workers is reproduced from www.fairtrade.net. On International Workers’ Day, we celebrate the power that a unified workers’ voice can have to drive social change. This is the story of how an engaged Fairtrade business partner […]

European Commission legislation to protect overseas farmers from supermarkets’ unfair trading practices

The European Commission has today proposed legislation on unfair trading practices in global food supply chains. The economic power of European supermarkets and their unfair trading practices lead to insecurity among their suppliers which directly impacts the most vulnerable people in the supply chain. The directive aims to protect small and medium-sized food suppliers against […]

Pushing for More Gender Equity in the Banana Sector

An interview with Silvia Campos, Global Product Manager for Bananas at Fairtrade International and a member of the Gender Equity Task Force of the World Banana Forum. (Reproduced from www.fairtrade.net) Like in other agricultural sectors, women employed in the banana industry are especially vulnerable to labour abuses such as lower salaries and discrimination in the […]

‘It’s darkening Ireland’s name’: Inside the row between Fyffes and its Honduran workers

Serious allegations have been levelled at the company, one of the country’s biggest corporate successes. Article reproduced from https://fora.ie BY PAUL O’DONOGHUE REPORTER, FORA THOUSANDS OF MILES away from her employer’s Dublin base, Oglis Mejia harvests melons under the scorching Honduran sun, struggling to provide for her five children. The 35-year-old single mother has spent […]

New research aims to improve women’s participation in the banana industry

Banana Link has just published the results of research we have undertaken to analyse the participation of women workers and small producers in the global banana industry. The working papers, documenting the research findings, include statistics on women’s’ participation in the industry, an analysis of the potential causal factors for this varying level of participation, […]