Amanda Ege on the Meaning & Importance of Sustainable Development

Amanda is Fairtrasa’s Head of Sustainability and Senior Manager of Strategy. In this interview, Amanda discusses the meaning and importance of sustainable development for small-scale farmers, and reflects on her own experience with rural community development and social entrepreneurship.

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Staff Profile: Luis Enrique Cristóbal

Luis Enrique Cristobal Direct of Logistics for Fairtrasa Peru
In this interview, the Manager of Logistics for Fairtrasa Peru talks about why working for Fairtrasa gives him the perfect equilibrium between pursuing his personal passion and helping his community and country. The interview is published on Medium.

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Staff Profile: Peter Abma, Fairtrasa Holland

Our latest profile is of Peter Abma, Sales Manager for Fairtrasa Holland. In this interview (published on Medium), Peter talks about his experience in the organic fruit sector, the lessons he's learned, and how he expects the sector to evolve.

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Jim Ruiz, Director of Fairtrasa Peru, featured on Farming First

Jim's story is featured on Farming First's #IAmAg blog today, which highlights young agricultural leaders from around the world. Check out the great story of how Jim chose social entrepreneurship to help empower small-scale farmers and inspire change in his home country of Peru, and why he thinks the agricultural sector offers young people more opportunity than ever before.

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Farming First Launches #IAmAg Campaign

Encouraging young leaders and innovators to thrive in sustainable agriculture is a crucial part of ensuring a healthier world for all of us. Our partners at Farming First recently launched the #IAmAg campaign in support of this cause. Check out their website for some great stories about young leaders from around the globe!

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Luis: Strength in the Collective

“In this life, we’re a collective. You have to develop yourself, but also help others develop. You feel satisfied when you progress personally, but connecting it to other people and groups is even greater, especially when it’s people who really need help, who haven’t had the opportunity or education to achieve what they want to achieve.”

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Fairtrasa’s First Sustainability Report

To mark its 10th anniversary as a social enterprise devoted to empowering small-scale farmers, Fairtrasa is publishing its first Sustainability Report covering the years 2005–2015. You can read it here (PDF).

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Don Miguel: Fairtrasa Mexico’s First Exporter of Organic Bananas

In June, Fairtrasa Mexico shipped its first-ever container of Organic bananas, which arrived in Europe in early July. The company worked with a local banana farmer named Don Miguel, helping him obtain Organic certification, increase his yields, and improve quality. Check out the story on Medium.

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Rafael: A Second Life in Banana Farming

After decades of struggling as subsistences growers, Rafael and his neighbors reinvented themselves as thriving organic banana exporters. Fairtrasa helped them form a cooperative, learn organic banana farming techniques, and build their own packing station. Read about the impact this transformation has had on Rafael's life.

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Orlando: Helping Farmers Develop Themselves

Orlando is a veteran small-scale banana farmer in Salitral, Peru. Born in the regional capital, Piura, he moved with his parents to Salitral when he was a young boy, and like legions of other Peruvians at the time, worked as a farmer for a large landowner until the late 1960s.

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