Fair Trade Producers

A Coffee Story About an Ethiopian Coffee Coop (OCFCU)

Ethiopia is the cradle of the coffee trade. Ethiopian ancestors of the Oromo people were the first to discover and recognize the energizing effect of the coffee bean plant. There are many legendary accounts regarding how coffee was discovered.

Read more: A Coffee Story About an Ethiopian Coffee Coop (OCFCU)

 

Stellar Organics, South Africa

Most of the wine produced in the Global South and sold in the US comes from vineyards where growers are paid poverty wages for their work and are exposed to dangerous pesticides. To monitor this, the Fair Trade Labeling Organization (FLO) began certifying wine cooperatives in South Africa in 2003 and in Chile and Argentina in 2004. In 2007, Fair Trade certified wine became available to consumers in the US.

Read more: Stellar Organics, South Africa

   

Nicaragua's PRODECOOP, Coffee Cooperative

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America bordered by Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south. Nicaragua has coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean ocean. There is an abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems that make this country a biodiversity hot spot without any doubt. Nicaragua's capital city is Managua and about a quarter of the nation's population lives in the city, the rest in rural, mountainous and seaside areas.

Read more: Nicaragua's PRODECOOP, Coffee Cooperative

   

Agroganadera Espinosa Chiriboga SA, Ecuador

Fair Trade flowers are a new addition to Fair Trade Certified products that are available in the U.S.! In addition to fair wages and labor practices, the Fair Trade flower certification ensures that farms comply with rigorous environmental standards governing the use of pesticides, conservation of water, treatment of wastewater, protection of ecosystems and more. There is an extensive list of agrochemicals that are completely prohibited on Fair Trade farms, and others that must be phased out over time.

Read more: Agroganadera Espinosa Chiriboga SA, Ecuador

   

Canaan Fair Trade Association

Olive oil is traditionally from the olives of the Mediterranean Basin and the Palestine region. By following Fair Trade standards, thousands of olive farmers are brought into the marketplace and system of production for olive oil.

Since January of 2009, the Fair Labelling Organizations and TransFair USA have offered certification for olive oil, and Canaan olive oil and olives (below) are certified Fair Trade by both.

Read more: Canaan Fair Trade Association

   

ACOZC, Paraguay

In the U.S., about 80% of consumed sugar is produced domestically. The sugar that is imported, however, often is produced by impoverished farmers in the global south. Fair Trade Certified™ sugar protects farmers against the volatile world marketplace, hazardous working conditions, and environmental degredation.

Read more: ACOZC, Paraguay

   

Honduras Coffee Cooperative LA CENTRAL

Honduran coffee growers have not yet succeeded in branding "Honduran coffee" as an accepted worldwide brand in the manner in which "100% Colombian Coffee" is recognized, for example. However, Honduran coffee has all the characteristics of great specialty coffee to make it a top brand. It may take time but Honduras will get there. Without any doubt, the "Honduran coffee" brand will soon be part of the international coffee "seal of approval" and consumer acceptance.

Read more: Honduras Coffee Cooperative LA CENTRAL

   

Sunstar - Federation of Small Farmers of Khaddar Area, Khaddar, India

Rice is a main food staple for 3 billion people and represents 20% of the world's caloric intake. Rice is cultivated on every continent of the world except Antarctica and employs over 1 billion farmers. Yet, world prices have fallen for rice farmers. According to the Educational Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange (ENGAGE), "In Thailand, the world's biggest rice exporter, 68% of farmers in the northeastern rice growing region hold a debt that is three times their annual income." Fair Trade rice is helping to support both the workers and the environment.

Read more: Sunstar - Federation of Small Farmers of Khaddar Area, Khaddar, India

   

Eco-Agri, India

In 2000, cyclones in Madagascar and Indonesia destroyed a third of vanilla vines and caused such a shortage in the supply of vanilla that world prices increased dramatically, triggering companies to switch to synthetic vanilla substitutes. The decreased demand from manufacturers for real vanilla plus the resurgence in production from devastated farmers attempting to re-enter the market has caused vanilla prices to fall 90% since 2003. Fair Trade vanilla was introduced in the U.S. in June of 2006 in attempts to stabilize this fluctuating market.

Read more: Eco-Agri, India

   

Guatemala's Successful Coffee Cooperatives

Guatemalan coffee is promoted by the Guatemalan National Coffee Association. Guatemala has eight coffee regions: Acatenango Valley, Antigua Coffee, Traditional Atitlán, Rainforest Cobán, Fraijanes Plateau, Highland Huehue, New Oriente and Volcanic San Marcos.

Read more: Guatemala's Successful Coffee Cooperatives

   

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