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 […]

Continuing reports of anti-union practices and health & safety violations, while Fyffes’ ETI suspension extended

The UK Government’s Ethical Trading Initiative announced earlier this month that Fyffes suspension from the ETI as a result of a complaint from Banana Link and the International Unuion of Foodworkers (IUF) would remain in force, while discussions between Fyffes and the IUF continued. In the meantime, we have continued to receive reports of anti-trade […]

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 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 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, […]