The reality behind ‘bananageddon’

7 Apr 2014 16:17

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‘Bananageddon’ is a word that has been bandied around this weekend in national newspapers, ahead of an upcoming report from the United Nations (UN) on the spread of Panama disease across banana farms and the devastating effect it is having on farmers.

Here Martine Parry, Fairtrade Foundation Media and Public Relations Manager, explains why the reality behind the bananageddon headlines is far from sensational as thousands of farmers struggle to contain this destructive disease.

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Climate Change: Committing to helping producers adapt

31 Mar 2014 18:22

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Today, top scientists from the IPCC warned climate change is having, and will have, a devastating impact on our planet. They predict that drought and floods will lead to life-threatening food shortages.

Unpredictable weather means that food prices will shoot up, while food quality, and access to it, will go down. Tim Aldred, Head of Policy at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains what Fairtrade is doing to help smallholder farmers, who feed  70% of the world’s people, mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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Valuing our bananas on Save a Banana Day

26 Mar 2014 13:13

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On Save a Banana Day, Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, documents a recent visit to banana producers and workers in Ghana, and tells us why valuing our bananas, and those who produce them, is more important than ever.


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Fairtrade Hired Labour Standards: steps to meaningful progress

21 Mar 2014 9:28

New Fairtrade standards for hired labour, published in January, drive real change for workers across the globe. Richard Anstead, Head of Product Management at the Fairtrade Foundation, discusses the journey to unlocking the power of the many.

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Fairtrade Fortnight: the last leg

10 Mar 2014 18:20

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The weekend saw the face of Fairtrade Fortnight, Foncho, visiting Scotland as the final leg of the Fortnight producer tour. Donna Simpson, press officer at the Fairtrade Foundation, witnessed the strength behind the campaign with him.

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Vince Cable: Will you help Make Bananas Fair?

4 Mar 2014 17:34

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As Business Secretary Vince Cable has a run in with some human bananas this week, Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation, urges government to act to Make Bananas Fair

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On the road with a Fairtrade producer

3 Mar 2014 16:38

Jenny Foster, Bristol and South West Fairtrade Co-ordinator, has been hosting Margarita Espinoza, a Fairtrade coffee producer from Nicaragua, this Fairtrade Fortnight. Here Jenny explains how valuable producer tours are.

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A good gold story…

27 Feb 2014 14:25

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A recent report has revealed that gold from conflict zones is entering gold markets illegally. Allan Bond of BT Global Services recently travelled to Tanzania with a group of BT employees to see the difference that Fairtrade gold is making to a small group of artisanal miners in Geita.

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What do you do with 5,000 Fairtrade bananas?

26 Feb 2014 13:36

This Monday saw the world’s first ever Fairtrade banana billboard unveiled on Clapham Common to mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight. Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains the thinking behind the 5,000 banana-studded stunt.

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Meet Foncho - the face of Fairtrade Fortnight 2014

25 Feb 2014 16:36

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This week marks the start of the Fairtrade Foundation’s Make Bananas Fair campaign – a campaign targeted at government to intervene in supermarket pricing practices.

Albeiro Alfonso ‘Foncho’ Cantillo, a 44-year-old banana farmer from Colombia and a member of the Coobafrio co-operative, is the face of the campaign. He was chosen by the Fairtrade Foundation to come to the UK to help tell people about the effects of the supermarket price wars on banana farmers.

Foncho, whose father was also a banana farmer, tells Fairtrade Foundation Press Officer Donna Simpson about the challenges in, and future prospects of, banana farming.

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