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    Fairtrade projects cope with climate change: from biogas to carbon credits

    16 June 2017 by Susannah Henty

    Zeddy Rotich is a coffee farmer from Kenya. She’s also a mum of two young children and every day, before taking her children to school and going to work in the fields she used to wake up early each morning, walk to the forest and collect firewood. 

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    Paris climate talks are failing smallholder farmers

    20 May 2016 by Victor Biwot, manager at Fairtrade-certified Sireet Tea Outgrowers in Kenya

    A report published this week by Oxfam has criticised the Paris climate talks for having ‘failed’ poorer countries adapting to global warming. Entitled “Unfinished Business”, it points out the financial support pledged to tackle climate change falls well short of what is needed which means those most vulnerable to its impact – small-scale farmers – are being 'left on their own'. Victor Biwot, a tea farmer from Kenya, agrees the West needs to be more realistic.

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  • flowers

    Blooming futures of flower workers and their families

    12 May 2016 by Jennifer Shepherd, Flower Supply Chain Manager

    This week Lidl becomes the latest UK supermarket to offer its customers Fairtrade flowers as it launches a range of roses from Tanzania in all its stores across the country.  This new range* will see Fairtrade flowers blooming on the high street alongside those sold in Sainsbury’s, the Co-op, Aldi, Morrisons, M&S, Asda and Tesco. Jennifer Shepherd looks at the many positives Fairtrade flowers have already brought to poor communities.

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  • Kenya

    Kenyan small farmers bearing the brunt of climate change

    1 December 2015 by Victor Biwot, Operations Manager at Sireet Tea Outgrowers, a Fairtrade certified small holder tea company in Nandi Hills, Kenya

    Smallholders in developing countries are amongst the worst affected by climate change – how are they coping and what do they expect from world leaders at the COP? Victor Biwot reflects on climate change affecting Kenyan farmers as he visits this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), as part of the Fairtrade delegation.  

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