Have you registered for the FTF conference yet? Early bird rates end on January 13th and will not be extended, so please register today! Wholesalers, remember to reserve your table for the Fair Trade Expo; the expo is already half full, and spaces are assigned in the order that reservations are received. This is going to be an energetic and exciting event; looking forward to seeing all of you March 29-31 in Louisville, KY.
The 2017 SCAA Expo is being held in Seattle, Washington from April 20 – 23, 2017. This year the show has been renamed the Global Specialty Coffee Expo to recognize the diverse community of SCAA and also in anticipation of the unification with SCAE this coming year. Registration is now open.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD describes their “Top Five” reasons for supporting small-scale farmers – with facsinating facts around production efficiencies and the positive impact on local economies, family livelihoods and natural resources. Get all the details in their recent web post: Why We Love Small Farmers
Governments and NGOs are increasingly partnering with the private sector to tackle global hunger and poverty, but a study published by the Fairtrade Foundation UK warns that some agricultural public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Africa appear to prioritize commercial interests while ignoring the needs of the smallholder farmers they claim to help – and they could even exacerbate poverty.
Leaf Rust, or roya, as it is called in Spanish, is a naturally occurring fungus in coffee fields. It can be held in check when the fields are kept in ecological balance. But during the 2012–2013 growing season, with peaks of abnormally high temperatures and prolonged periods of excessive humidity combined with vulnerable soils and trees due to the lack of investment and healthy agricultural practices, the orange fungus can spread like wildfire…. which is precisely what happened to coffee farmers in Central America.
For the complete Dominion article, check out Coffee Rust Crisis
Many consumers wonder if Fair Trade makes a difference in producers’ lives. Ian Hussey, a PhD student in Sociology with a focus on Fair Trade at York University in Toronto, has recently published his synopsis summing up the last ten years of social science research on the comparative impact of Fair Trade. His conclusions show that Small Farmer Fair Trade works1 while Plantation Fair Trade doesn’t2. To find out why read more here.
Grow Ahead is an innovative crowd-funding initiative supported by Progreso Fund and spearheaded by Peace Coffee, Alternative Grounds and Bean North. This initiative allows consumers to participate in pre-financing purchases directly linked to Cooperative Coffees contracts. By lending $25 or more directly to producer partners, consumers become directly linked the financing process and provides much needed capital to farmers… and lets consumers actually track the coffee from tree to cup! To find out how you can become a part of this exciting initiative, click here.