Self-Sufficiency & a Sustainable Future in Nicaragua

Self-Sufficiency & a Sustainable Future in Nicaragua

Liberation’s shareholder farmers in Nicaragua are a highly organised and enterprising bunch. Similar to our cashew farmers in Kerala they are especially passionate about organic farming, recognising and strengthening women’s roles in farming and income generation and learning to live with increasingly obvious changes to their climate.

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WIN! A Fairtrade Hamper this Fairtrade Fortnight

WIN! A Fairtrade Hamper this Fairtrade Fortnight

We’re giving you the chance to win a Fairtrade Hamper with Liberation goodies such as peanut butter and Fairtrade nuts, plus lots of other Fairtrade treats, including Cafe Direct coffee, Tropical Wholefoods dried fruits and Divine chocolate.

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Fabulous Fairtrade Premium in Nicaragua

Fabulous Fairtrade Premium in Nicaragua

One of Mei Mei and Dan’s first questions on meeting our shareholder farmers in Nicaragua was one of the most obvious – ‘How has the Fairtrade premium been invested in helping your communities?’ And sometimes the most obvious questions are the best; as here’s just a selection of the answers that came firing back at them from a room of enthusiastic, knowledgeable farmers – just some of co-operative Del Campo’s around 4,000 small-scale farmer members.

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Love Is In The Air Through Dress Making

Love Is In The Air Through Dress Making

Nicaraguan nut farmer Urania and her daughter Alba have both very much enjoyed Fairtrade premium funded bakery and dress making lessons. And for Urania they have really impacted on her family’s life.

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Food security: how Fairtrade helps level the playing field for small producers

Food security: how Fairtrade helps level the playing field for small producers

Paradoxically, of the one billion people classified as food insecure by the United Nations, about 500 million are smallholder farmers in developing economies. Some of these producers are exporting luxuries such as coffee, cocoa, exotic fruits and sugar for consumers in developed economies. Due to poor and volatile prices coupled with unfair trade rules, they simply don’t earn enough to feed their families all year round and often experience the problem of seasonal hunger between harvests.

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Liberation’s Dan Visits Bolivia & Chile pt. 1

Liberation’s Dan Visits Bolivia & Chile pt. 1

Over the next three days, we’ll be taking you on a mini adventure and sharing some exciting stories from Dan Binks’s (Technical Manager at Liberation Foods) recent tour of Bolivia and Chile. He’s been meeting producers, small holder farmers and co-operative shareholders and here’s the first of three intriguing diary entries…

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Harvest Time

Harvest Time

This week we are munching on Nicaraguan chocolate covered cashews – delicious. They’re courtesy of Mei Mei and Dan who are braving the cold back in London after a week in the hot sun visiting farmers and factories with our shareholder producer co-op, in beautiful Nicaragua. The good news is that our Nicaraguan peanut harvest is in for this year and it’s a decent one – the peanuts are now safely stored ready to be shelled, cleaned and shipped over to us.

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Seed Fest – Seeding New Farming Initiatives

Seed Fest – Seeding New Farming Initiatives

This year’s annual gathering of Seed Fest 2017 (22-26 January) hosted by the Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK) – Liberation’s cashew producer and shareholder – will be a focused effort geared to displaying, exchanging and preserving a wide and colourful selection of seeds, planting material, indigenous livestock, medicinal plants as well as indigenous and wild trees. Created as a platform to share experiences and knowledge related to the preservation and propagation of indigenous seeds, the festival gives FTAK a vital voice to demonstrate their innovative way of farming which is small scale, market-embracing and sustainable.

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Butcher’s Shop But Not As You Know It

Butcher’s Shop But Not As You Know It

As ever in January we are swept up on a tide of talk about healthy eating. My modus operandi in January is actually to keep eating up the Christmas cake whilst I read and watch all the interesting stuff about healthy eating…I will reign in the calorie count come early Spring when the weather tells me to come out of comfort eating mode.

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Liberation, a Community Interest Company

Liberation, a Community Interest Company

Liberation Foods, became a community interest company in 2007. Co-operatives of small-scale nut producers from around the developing world decided to get together to form a UK company through which to market their produce. These co-ops were brought together by Twin, a pioneer of Fair Trade that had founded Cafédirect and Divine Chocolate.

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