Fair­trade Awards

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Vote for your favourite Fair­trade prod­uct at fair­tradeawards.org.nz and you could win 1 of 15 prize packs! Vot­ing closes Oc­to­ber 13. You’re vot­ing to give farm­ers and their com­mu­ni­ties in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries a fair go, but there’s more to Fair­trade than just a fair wage. When you buy Fair­trade Cer­ti­fied prod­ucts, you’re vot­ing for chil­dren to be in school, for women to re­ceive equal pay, and for com­mu­nity projects like health­care. The Na­tional Con­fed­er­a­tion of Do­mini­can Co­coa Producers (CONACADO) is an as­so­ci­a­tion of 10,000 co­coa farm­ers. They’ve used the Fair­trade Pre­mium to­wards new fer­men­ta­tion and dry­ing cen­tres, trucks to trans­port the beans, re­paired roads, and stor­age ware­houses. All this leads to in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity and higher qual­ity beans. The Fair­trade Pre­mium also helps farm­ers like Ni­co­las del Rosario (pic­tured), study part-time at Univer­sity.

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