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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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    2015 a year of the Sustainable Development Goals

    13 January 2015 by Henry Green, Policy Advisor at the Fairtrade Foundation

    For me, January brings with it the annual disappointment of breaking my new year’s resolutions. 

    It has got so bad that, in recent years, I have adopted the ‘baby turtle’ approach, making as many as I possibly can in the hope that one or two make it. None so far – and I am certainly not the only one struggling.  In fact, an estimated 90% of resolutions end in failure. Whether it’s drinking less or exercising more, it seems that doing better takes more than good intentions. To make a resolution stick you need real determination and planning.


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