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Meet the Members: Juan Bravo, Del Campo, Nicaragua

Meet the Members: Juan Bravo, Del Campo, Nicaragua

Introducing another cooperative member we work closely with: Juan Bravo is part of Del Campo, an umbrella cooperative in Nicaragua with a membership of over 590 smallholder farmers who produce a wide range of products. The cooperative is striving to become as environmentally friendly as possible and has used recent funds to invest in solar energy, beekeeping, natural medicines and conservation projects. Juan Bravo is also President of the International Nut Cooperative, a majority shareholder of Liberation. 

Meet the members – Thomas Kalappurackal, FTAK, India

Meet the members – Thomas Kalappurackal, FTAK, India

Continuing to introduce some of the valued network of cooperative members that Liberation works with, we would like to move from South America all the way across the globe to Asia, and more specifically the South Indian region of Kerala. 

Fairtrade Alliance Kerala (FTAK) was formed in 2006 and currently has a network of close to 4,000 smallholder farmers in the region. The network actively promotes organic farming methods, gender equality and the legal and economic rights of smallholder farmers on a national level. FTAK have been working with them from the outset and are our main supplier of cashews. FTAK is also a member of the International Nut Coopertive, a majority shareholder of Liberation. 

Now introducing Thomas Saviour Kalappurackal, first elected General Secretary of FTAK in 2017 and was recently re-elected in the AGM in January this year. 

Meet the Members: Azgar Correa Periera, Air Muije, Bolivia

Meet the Members: Azgar Correa Periera, Air Muije, Bolivia

As a Community Interest Company, the farmers and cooperative members that we at Liberation work with are at the heart of our organisation. They are, afterall, the people that enable us to sell a fairtrade, ethical and delicious product! We therefore think it is important that not only our team but also our customers get an opportunity to meet some of the members. Over the next few weeks will be introducing a few of them. Here we introduce Azgar Correa Periera. Background With a current membership of 58 gather families, Aire Muije, in the north of Bolivia, originally began as a pilot project with the aim to reduce deforestation and promote the conservation of biodiversity and the improvement of livelihoods in the area. Since 2011 the Association has received a number of certifications and began working with Liberation in 2015. With it´s mission being:  “To work in an organized and responsible way…to support, to strengthen and to enable its associates to achieve more benefits that improve the quality of life, through the harvesting and sustainable use of the chestnut (Brazil nut) and other products of the forest…” the Association works hard and has impressive results in promoting equality and supporting community members both financially and emotionally, promoting sustainable harvesting and conservation practices and expanding the Association network and revenue. Most recently, aside from supporting members through the Covid crisis, Aire Muije have used the Fairtrade Premium for a range of practical development including investing in water tanks, building plant nurseries and reconstructing collection centres, used for drying the Brazil nuts before selling them on. What is your role and...
Truly owned by farmers:  already a majority shareholder, the INC have recently purchased even more of Liberation!

Truly owned by farmers: already a majority shareholder, the INC have recently purchased even more of Liberation!

Juan Bravo, President of the INC.   Formed in 2007, Liberation Foods CIC has been, from the outset, a community interest company, with a mission to solely trade directly with smallholder farmers and ensure they have a prominent voice in the direction and decision-making of the company. Since then, we have been on an interesting journey of development, discovery and relationship building with numerous farming cooperatives across the world.  The International Nut Cooperative (INC), also formed in 2007 by 5 smallholder farmer and gatherer Associations, has been a shareholder of Liberation from its beginnings and we have developed a profound  and enduring relationship with them, the strength and importance of which most recently withstood the test of the global pandemic last year. Tomy Mathews, INC member and valued colleague said of the alliance “if there had been more relationships like the one between FTAK (Fairtrade Alliance Kerala) and Liberation, farmers´ futures may have been saved”. And we, in turn, have benefited greatly from the skills, resilience, hard work and dedication of the INC members.  We are therefore very pleased to confirm, whilst in the midst of Fairtrade Fortnight 2021, that the International Nut Cooperative have recently bought further shares of Liberation, on top of the majority of shares they owned previously. Farmers will now have an even more powerful voice in shaping the company, their participation will be transformative for future initiatives and the work between producers, sellers and buyers will be even more collaborative. We will talk of ´us´ rather than ´them´. And we continue to edge closer to a vision of true equality and the mission with...
Pioneering Fairtrade Nut Company Seeks Food Technologist

Pioneering Fairtrade Nut Company Seeks Food Technologist

Liberation Foods CIC has been pioneering the market for Fair Trade nuts since 2007. We supply most Fairtrade nuts in the UK – branded, own label and bulk. Our mission as a social enterprise is to secure profitable, sustainable markets for nuts grown by our majority shareholder producer cooperatives around the world. As Food Technologist you will be a custodian of the integrity of the Liberation brand as well as our clients’ private label products through effective product and supplier approval and management. You will work within our Operations team to foster continuous improvement of our supply base. You will deliver the Technical strategy for the business, raising the bar of quality, sustainability and responsible sourcing and food safety culture through the supplier base. In this exciting role you will draw on your creative skills by leading new and extended product development from concept ideas through to product launch. Benefits: 25 days annual leave per year + bank holidays and Christmas closure, Pension scheme contribution, cycle to work scheme, opportunity to travel to producer countries. Employment type: Permanent – Full time Salary: £30,000 – £40,000 DOE Location: Old Street, London office/home/field based How to apply: See Job Description and Person Specification Deadline for applications: 9am on Monday 22 March 2021 The first round of virtual interviews start week commencing 8 March...
What can a nut do? – The health benefits of going plant-based.

What can a nut do? – The health benefits of going plant-based.

Veganuary 2021 recently finished and had a record 582,538 people sign up to take part. This is fantastic news! Whether you signed-up or not, completed the challenge or not, considered taking part, or not, it is hard to ignore the mounting list of proven benefits in moving to a plant-based diet, from helping the planet, to helping your heart.  A recent article in The Guardian outlined the urgency in cutting out, or at least drastically reducing, the consumption of meat and dairy products in order to save the world´s wildlife and it has been widely publicised that a vegan diet is one of the most effective things you, as an individual, can do to reduce your carbon footprint.  But we will come back to that topic another day. For now, we want to talk about our health, and as you may have guessed, it has a nutty focus!  If you are thinking about moving to a plant-based diet, whilst there are a huge range of very realistic ´fake meat´ products to calm those cravings (The Grocer offers a comprehensive guide to the best substitute products and producers out there). What is best for people (and planet) is choosing and using unprocessed, ethically-sourced plant-based ingredients. We at Liberation are obviously big advocates of the nut genre and luckily for us, this category of food is not only diverse, delicious and versatile but also has a huge range of health benefits too!  Here are just a handful of them and why they are SO good for us.   Peanuts They may not be the first to spring to mind as particularly healthy,...