Increases to Fair Trade Minimum Price and Premium aim to address extreme poverty and its consequences in cocoa-producing communities
OAKLAND, Calif., June 11, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of fair trade products in North America, announced today that it will increase its minimum price and premium for cocoa by 20 percent as of October 1, 2019 to move farmers closer to a living income and reduce the extreme poverty and child labor that is prevalent in West Africa’s cocoa fields.
The world needs forests. They are vital to maintain biodiversity and to help combat climate change.
At the same time, forests have suffered since the invention of the plough, as people have cut them down to plant crops for food and cash. The bulldozer just made things worse.
Over 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and deforestation has wreaked havoc. Only 17% of the original forest remains in Côte d’Ivoire, while only fragments of the once magnificent Guinean forest can still be found.
Woman-founded 88 Acres first opened its doors in Boston, where Whole Planet Foundation funds microcredit through microfinance partner Grameen America. Their goal was to open their bakery in an area of need to drive job growth in the community. Through their continued partnership with Whole Planet Foundation, 88 Acres also creates economic prosperity by finding microloans to support women microentrepreneurs domestically and internationally.
Brenda Barnicki and Amy Provance, President and Founder and volunteer at Bellafina Chocolates LLC
Each day Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and media venues are bombarded with the idea of social impact and yet many do not understand the true meaning behind the movement. The business dictionary defines social impact as the effect of an activity on the social fabric of a community and well-being of individuals and families in that community and around the world. How can one person, one organization, one business, one CEO make a social impact that will be felt by many?
Every year, the Peruvian Amazon loses more than 100,000 hectares of forest due to expansion of the agricultural frontier over state forest land. In the last 15 years, a significant share of frontier dynamics has been closely related to the expansion of cash crops such as coffee and more recently, cocoa and other annual crops, grown mainly by migrant smallholder farmers. However, on state forest land, legal property titles cannot be granted.
A Healthier, Happier You Is a Powerful Force for Global Wellness. Here's How.
Let’s face it: Nowadays, we’re not especially good at taking care of ourselves. Even when we do think about our health and wellness, it's often in terms of fitness goals and eating habits, but that’s only a small piece—complete health and wellness is about nurturing your mind, body, and spirit. The Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, “When we feed and support our own happiness, we are nourishing our ability to love.” In other words, self-care isn’t actually selfish at all! In fact, a healthier, happier you is a powerful force for global wellness.
Lima, Peru – December 20, 2017 /3BL Media/ – The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in collaboration with Bioversity International and The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) today published an Atlas titled ‘Suitability of key Central American agroforestry species under future climates’.
Wellness Seekers Flock to Bali for a Healing Food Immersion
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Come with us as we visit the magical Island of Bali, Indonesia for a two week plant-based raw food immersion at the beautiful and mystical Svarga Loka Resort in Ubud. Led by world renown master raw chef and cookbook author Sayuri Tanaka, the course provides a powerful framework for the tools and techniques needed to raise your vibration through raw vegan cuisine – from sprouting, dehydrating and holistic nutrition to flavor balancing and plating.
When you’re shopping Fair Trade, finding a meaningful, personalized gift for everyone on your list can be easy.
We put a lot of thought into finding the perfect holiday gifts, and as we all know, the very best ones come with great stories. With a Fair Trade gift, that’s exactly what you’ll find.
When you make a Fair Trade Certified purchase, you send a gesture of kindness to the farmers and workers who made it, the responsible companies who go the extra mile, and the planet we all share. So you're not just spreading holiday cheer—you're putting your gift to work, making a real, positive difference in many people's lives.