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Imported deforestation: global trade’s long-denied collateral damage

Deforestation is not the result of market demand for timber alone. Many farm commodities and products traded daily on global markets are contributing to deforestation in a less obvious way. As the demand for these products increases, new arable land is required for soy, palm oil, cocoa, coffee, and other commodity crops. There is little action to resolve this issue as public authorities remain passive and private companies are lured by profit, but things are finally starting to move…

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Kalani: household linen that is organic and fair trade

Kalani’s household linen is both organic and fair trade. It is one of the few textile brands in the world that knows exactly where the cotton for its household linen comes from. Founder Bruno Van Steenberghe talks about his commitment to farmers in India, about his concern for the environment, and the health of his customers.

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Consumption of Fairtrade products: Belgians can still do better

Last May, Fairtrade Belgium announced a historic increase in the sales of fair trade products in Belgium: + 41% in 2019. An excellent result, bringing annual average consumption of fair trade per Belgian at 19.2 euros. Last May, Fairtrade Belgium announced a historic increase in the sales of fair trade products in Belgium: + 41% in 2019. An excellent result, bringing annual average consumption of fair trade per Belgian at 19.2 euros.

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Coaching TDC: Necaayo

Necaayo operates since 2009 in Guiré, in Western Côte d’Ivoire. The cocoa cooperative has 1410 members and puts more than 3500 tonnes of cococa on

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TDC launches call for proposals

TDC is launching a call for proposals for African MSMEs and producer organizations active in sustainable production and trade for initiatives that improve the management of their organization and access to the market. Deadline for application is September 10!

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Slow flowers

Since the 1990s, the flower industry too has been globalized. In 2013 the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) was set up with the goal that 90% of flowers traded on the international market would come from sustainable farms by 2020. The slow flower movement are tending towards an alternative approach; they are choosing to grow flowers organically and outdoors, and then using short supply chains to deliver them to their customers.

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Imported deforestation: global trade’s long-denied collateral damage

Deforestation is not the result of market demand for timber alone. Many farm commodities and products traded daily on global markets are contributing to deforestation in a less obvious way. As the demand for these products increases, new arable land is required for soy, palm oil, cocoa, coffee, and other commodity crops. There is little action to resolve this issue as public authorities remain passive and private companies are lured by profit, but things are finally starting to move…

Read more »

Kalani: household linen that is organic and fair trade

Kalani’s household linen is both organic and fair trade. It is one of the few textile brands in the world that knows exactly where the cotton for its household linen comes from. Founder Bruno Van Steenberghe talks about his commitment to farmers in India, about his concern for the environment, and the health of his customers.

Read more »

Consumption of Fairtrade products: Belgians can still do better

Last May, Fairtrade Belgium announced a historic increase in the sales of fair trade products in Belgium: + 41% in 2019. An excellent result, bringing annual average consumption of fair trade per Belgian at 19.2 euros. Last May, Fairtrade Belgium announced a historic increase in the sales of fair trade products in Belgium: + 41% in 2019. An excellent result, bringing annual average consumption of fair trade per Belgian at 19.2 euros.

Read more »

Coaching TDC: Necaayo

Necaayo operates since 2009 in Guiré, in Western Côte d’Ivoire. The cocoa cooperative has 1410 members and puts more than 3500 tonnes of cococa on

Read more »

TDC launches call for proposals

TDC is launching a call for proposals for African MSMEs and producer organizations active in sustainable production and trade for initiatives that improve the management of their organization and access to the market. Deadline for application is September 10!

Read more »

Slow flowers

Since the 1990s, the flower industry too has been globalized. In 2013 the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) was set up with the goal that 90% of flowers traded on the international market would come from sustainable farms by 2020. The slow flower movement are tending towards an alternative approach; they are choosing to grow flowers organically and outdoors, and then using short supply chains to deliver them to their customers.

Read more »

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