Had a brilliant time doing the tasting for Kirklees Council!
Some REAL enthusiasm and great ideas were generated. Hoping very much to build on our successes here....
The Coffee (ground) was delicious, the tea was most impressive....we had to try and hide the chocolate in the end! And the rice? Well. Put it this way - who would have thought that AFRICAN rice is far superior to Asian rice? Sorry - but that is how we feel about it - you can make ANYTHING out of this rice - it…Continue
A good little snippet from the radio today on whether the above retail names are upto BAD STUFF (or not) in Cambodia.
Have a listen. Its only a few minutes. See what you think. Don't be shy about telling us your views. Please remember that this is a forum and a blog for DISCUSSION and that none of us consider ourselves to be experts and that we are ALL learning together. …Continue
Added by christina longden on February 8, 2012 at 16:59 — No Comments
Late in 2011, I was in Kenya visiting one of the coffee farmer cooperatives that we work with in the Lorna Young Foundation. Whilst I was there, I was introduced to two groups of young people who had really embraced the concept of enterprise and co-operation.
In a rural part of central Kenya, about 2 hours…Continue
As Fairtrade reaches 25 years, there are growing questions about its future, its relevance and the direction in which it is heading. This article in the Guardian provides an overview of the issues and invites readers to submit views. Tell us what you think.…Continue
Added by Ian Agnew on February 1, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments
THIS IS WORTH A QUICK READ IF YOU EVER WONDERED HOW THE WHOLE 'FAIR TRADE ORGANISATION' PICTURE WORKS...JUST AN UPDATE FROM EKOBAI
The fair and ethical trading movement is a social phenomena which emerged in response to consumer concern that farmers in poor countries were not receiving fair compensation for the commodities they produced, considering the consumer facing prices obtained in the developed world. It initially focused on coffee, tea, cocoa…Continue
Added by christina longden on January 31, 2012 at 17:24 — No Comments
It is becoming increasingly hard to really understand what is happening in Fair Trade. It used to be a simple debate between people who were promoting Fair Trade and those supporting Free Trade. This (very basically) was a debate about trade that is based on ethical principles and standards, where farmers are guaranteed a minimum price for what they grow, vs. a trade system based on market forces, where the forces of supply and demand dictate what price something is sold at and how it is…Continue
Radio 4 In Business programme This is a link to a 30 minute programme just broadcast on Radio 4 about worker cooperatives and cooperatives in general. It's really interesting and useful for all NJTC group members to listen to. Cooperatives and working to cooperative principles are a great way to do business, support each other and work for a more sustainable future. Let us know what you think?
Fairtrade is getting a lot of criticism these days and there are splits within the World of Fairtrade too. At the same time, global commodity prices, like coffee and tea are rising to record levels and this is making some people think that Fairtrade is not needed any longer - if farmers can get good prices at market for their coffee or cocoa or tea, why should they bother with Fairtrade. But Fairtrade has always been about more than just prices, but it's challenge now is to help people to…Continue
Added by Ian Agnew on January 10, 2012 at 20:11 — No Comments
The Leeds group had a fab day working hard on Woodhouse Moor allotments. It didn't get off to the best start seeing as Blessing turned up in his best clothes expecting 'indoor teambuilding' corporate style. Er no, Blessing we're off to a muddy field to dig some weeds and chop some trees. Sadiyah and Ross looked non too pleased as it was a little bit cold... But once the rest of the team joined us from Trinity Business school (and eventually Danny..) and Steve the Park Ranger got out the bow…Continue
There is a growing debate about whether Fair Trade certification schemes (and other alternatives like Rainforest Alliance, Utz etc.) are really the answer to the problems faced by poor farmers. Some argue that if farmers were trained to grow better quality crops and to grow more of them…Continue
Added by Ian Agnew on January 3, 2012 at 20:21 — No Comments
http://ning.it/vAwIxN This article talks about the benefits of co-operative models of business; how they can provide a sustainable solution to our economic future and help prevent the kind of "me" consumerism and business we have seen
NJU product development workshops at Fairtraders’ Cooperative
The NJU teams have been working hard on developing their products. They had a fantastic day at the fair traders’ cooperative in Holmfirth when groups from Doncaster Leeds and Huddersfield met up for the day to take part in workshops around developing and marketing fairly traded and ethical products.
We were very excited to welcome a top branding expert who visited us from London and spent the afternoon…