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["Power to the People" was originally published in the Summer/Fall 2013 edition of Fair Trade Magazine.]


Empowerment sits at the very core of fair trade, but it’s too often just another lovely sounding word left undefined in a laundry list of others, liberally peppered throughout brochures and websites. But what does it mean, and more importantly, what should we want it to mean for fair trade?

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Monika Firl will be hosting a webinar on November 21, where she will discuss the impacts fair trade has had among producer communities in the Global South.

Monika is Cooperative Coffee's Commuications and Producer Relations Manager and directs operations at Cooperative de Solidarite du Cafe Equitable. She has worked with a number of local development projects and has lived in Central America and Mexico from 1991 to 2000.

The event will take place 12pm to 1pm (CST). Be sure to register for the...

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Institutional and municipal procurement was a key theme to come out of A Community Fair Trade Symposium, held at Kwantlen Polytechnic University on October 29—where Kwantlen's staff, faculty, and student association, as well as representatives from the City of Surrey, the City of Vancouver, UBC, and Royal Roads University presented at the event.

Victoria Wakefield, purchasing manager for UBC's Housing and Hospitality Services, spoke about the importance of having third-party certification to make effective...

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Engineers Without Borders recently held an event at Western University, where they dropped a 600-lb pumpkin from a 200-ft crane to symbolize the smashing of poverty.

"The event is fun and always gets the attention of students," says Alex Hockin of EWB, who helped organize the evnt. "We always have a side message for the day of pumpkin drop, sometimes we are trying to get students excited about advocacy, but this year we focused...

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Fairtrade International recently published an article on the recent volitility of coffee prices. In 2011, the price of Arabica coffee on the New York futures market reached a 34-year high of US$3.09 per pound. Since then, the price has dropped to less than US$1.10 per pound.

The drop in price comes amidst...

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