Guest Blog from Richard Shaw of Andean Naturals
This guest blog post comes to us from Richard Shaw of Andean Naturals. Recently, Fair Trade USA joined an Andean Naturals team to observe the quinoa harvest, document the quinoa farmers’ conditions of life and meet with their representatives to discuss programs in place and priorities going forward. This is the first of a series of posts from Andean Naturals recording their experiences and reaffirming their mission to make a positive impact in the lives of quinoa farmers.
Fair Trade USA is proud to announce that our partner, Beneficio Santa Rosa, has been awarded the prestigious “Presidential Award for Exporters” for 2013. Awarded by the President of Honduras, Beneficio has been recognized for their creativity, quality, and innovation in the international marketplace.
The criteria for the Presidential Award, one of the highest honors in the Honduran coffee community, cover things like export volume, export growth rate, economic stability, innovation, job creation, and economic, social, and environmental programs.
How Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada uses Fair Trade community development funds
In the mountains of Honduras is the village of Capucas, home to Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada (COCAFCAL). This coffee farmer cooperative has more than 70 members, all of whom are dedicated to growing some of the best coffee in the world.
Guest blog from Miguel Zamora, the Director of Coffee Innovation and Producer Relations
This guest blog post comes to us from our very own Miguel Zamora, the Director of Coffee Innovation and Producer Relations at Fair Trade USA. Miguel is focused on creating opportunities between buyers and coffee-growing communities around the world. In this post, Miguel tells the incredible story of Dona Concepção, a strong woman and mother in Fair Trade.
How one man's travelogue will make you want to buy Fair Trade
This blog post comes from Katie Barrow, Senior Manager of Communications at Fair Trade USA. She met and travelled with Kelsey in the remote Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region of Northern Colombia. This journey, and many others, is documented in Kelsey Timmerman's new book Where Am I Eating?