Small Producer Organizations in Costa Rica Suffer Losses from Tropical Storm Nate

In the first week of October, Tropical Storm Nate passed through Central America. Having suffered the most damage, Costa Rica considers the storm to be the worst natural disaster affecting the region in decades; this in part, is due to the magnitude of damages caused in agriculture and infrastructure. According to the government, housing was […]

Two Earthquakes shake Mexico

The southern part of Mexico had not yet recovered from the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred shortly before midnight on Thursday, September 7th, when another strong quake struck on Tuesday the 19th at 1:00 PM; this time the epicenter was located 120 KM from Mexico City, with a magnitude of 7.1. The first earthquake impacted […]

Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean: Wreaks Havoc on Agricultural Sector

In the Caribbean islands, Fairtrade organizations, members of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers (CLAC), were affected by the passing of Hurricane Irma. Fairtrade producers on the Windward Islands suffered minor losses after strong winds and rain, according to the three organizations located on the islands. Dominica was […]

Solidarity with Peru: Small Producer Organizations Affected by Heavy Rains

Since mid-March, the northern regions of Peru, Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash and Lima have been affected by heavy rains. These rains are due to the climate phenomenon “El Niño Costero,” which is characterized by high temperatures, coming from the Pacific Ocean off the northwestern coast of Peru. From the evening of Wednesday March […]

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Haiti, after Hurricane Matthew

More than 1,000 have been reported dead since Hurricane Mathew struck Haiti on October 4, 2016, according to a recent article published by Reuters. With winds as strong as 230 km/hour, the hurricane was classified as a category 4 on the international scale. The current death toll, as released by the Haitian government and local […]

Impact of Hurricane Mathew in Colombia

Hurricane Mathew struck the northern coast of Colombia on October 1, 2016. In the departments of Guajira and Magdalena, strong winds and torrential rains have left nearly 14,000 people affected. Critical damage can be seen in municipalities Aracataca and Zona Bananera, in Magdalena. Strong rains in the Sierra Nevada disproportionately increased river flow, causing heavy […]


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El Salvador: young producers begin project for mitigating effects of climate change

Young people from the La Fortuna/APECAFÉ Cooperative in El Salvador and CLAC signed an agreement for a project entitled “Recuperation of ecosystem and protection of groundwater reserves in the La Fortuna coffee and balsam cooperative.” The aim of the project is to implement measures to mitigate the effects of climate change in the Cooperative, with […]


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A life of commitment and loyalty : Aimeth Fernández

Aimeth Fernández Angulo stood out for her passion and commitment for smallscale banana producers in her native Colombia and for her work with the the global Fair Trade movement. Aimeth’s leadership strengthened ASOBANARCOOP – a cooperative in Magdalena, Colombia – where she worked hard to ensure that Fairtrade could make a difference in the lives […]

Paraguayan Fair Trade Network positions itself in relation to the national government

With the objectives of debating the situation and prospects for sugar cane in Paraguay, developing a strategic-participative planning process for using available resources, and promoting sugar cane production in the country, the Paraguayan Network participated in the public hearing organized by the Agriculture and Livestock Commission of the country’s House of Representatives and the national […]