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On October 4, the fair trade movement in Canada will be losing a key leader as Jennifer Williams steps down from her position as the CEO of La Siembra (Camino). After 10 years at the helm, Jennifer Williams will be missed. 

--Letter from the La Siembra Board of Directors--

July 10, 2013
Dear Partners and Stakeholders
It is with regret that the board of directors of La Siembra Co-operative formally accepts the resignation of Jennifer Williams, CEO who will be stepping down from the helm effective October 4th, 2013.

In her 10 years with the co-operative,...

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Despite being popular worldwide, cocoa requires specific growing conditions that are generally found within 20 degrees north and south of the equator.[1] For many countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, cocoa represents a significant portion of their national economies. Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, the two largest cocoa-producing countries in the world, respectively produced 1,242,000...

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By Zack Gross

Fair Trade in Canada has come a long way in the last 25-or-so years. In the late 80s, the organization I worked for, the Marquis Project, began selling those not-particularly-tasty bricks of Bridgehead ground coffee, along with crafts we brought in from partners in East Africa.

In those days, you’d often see me carrying large hockey bags full of goods across borders and through airports. Fair Trade was in its infancy, and few consumers took the long walk down our dark office hallways to purchase our products. We probably sold only a few dozen bags of coffee each...

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What’s good for the environment tends to be good for people.

By Jennifer Ganapathy

With a strong focus on people and communities, many consumers don’t realize that environmental issues are key components to social sustainability. In fact, environmental issues often go hand-in-hand with social issues.

Pesticides have been linked to soil and water contamination, soil erosion, biodiversity issues, and climate change, but the cost to human health is often overlooked....

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By Sasha Caldera

The rain pours amid the rolling green hills and lush vegetation. It’s the middle of Uganda’s second rainy season, known as “the little wet season.” Raindrops spatter against the tin roof, and thunder booms; I sip hot chai across from John Nuwagaba—managing director of the Ankole Coffee Producers Cooperative Union (ACPCU)—at his office in Bushenyi District.

Nuwagaba’s office resembles a typical workplace in Canada. The telltale whir of printers and ringing telephones fills the air as the staff, dressed in business attire, go about their day as usual....

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