African tea growers warn UK supermarket about its ‘disempowering’ fair trade model

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The UK's Fairtrade Foundation (part of Fairtrade International) has announced that it will not be involved in the new pilot fair trade scheme being launched by the supermarket Sainsbury's.

Switch to African avocados boost incomes of 20,000 organic smallholders in Kenya

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Organic avocados available in Europe used to be sourced almost exclusively from South America, but over the last few years that has begun to change.

Africa must develop standards for herbal medicine, says Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

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Africa needs to develop standards to assure safety and benefit of its herbal medicines, says Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius.

Cocoa farmer emphasizes need for industry to work in partnership with growers

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Fairtrade cocoa farmer Fortin Bley from the Ivory Coast addressed delegates at the London Chocolate Forum on 7 October, warning that unless the international cocoa industry does more to involve farmers, it will risk losing a generation of cocoa growers.