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Gumercinda’s Story: Gender Justice & cooperation in Pangoa, Peru

Posted by James Astuhuaman

The journey of gender justice is better when the family walks the path together. For Gumercinda Perez, a 33 year old Peruvian coffee farmer at Twin's ...

A great first week: TMEA Market Access Workshop in Rwanda

Posted by Nancy Demuth

Packing my suitcase and flying off to Rwanda was the best introduction I could have had to my new job at Twin. In late February, I arrived in the buzz...

Twin Celebrates International Women's Day

Posted by Hannah Ward

On International Women’s Day, I wanted to share my reflections from my first direct experience in February of Twin’s work towards greater gender just...

Amazing experience, Twin in 'Chocoa 2017'

Posted by Cristina Ruiz

Twin has attended the chocolate and cocoa trade fair 'Chocoa' for the first-time from 23rd -24th February 2017 in Amsterdam, http://www.chocoa.nl/   C...

Cocoa versus Gold

Posted by Richard Anstead

In mid–September, I travelled in Ghana with Sophi Tranchell from Divine Chocolate | Owned by cocoa farmers. Made for chocolate lovers, a close partner...

Back to School!

Posted by Richard Anstead

In July, along with a party of US based coffee roasters, I visited two coffee producer organisations on the shore of Lake Kivu, West Rwanda. Both grou...

Welcome to the Twin team

Posted by Richard Anstead

It has only been a month since I joined the team at Twin and Twin Trading but I am delighted to say that I during that time I have been inspired by th...

Small Changes for a Better Future - Part 3

Posted by James Astuhuaman

DON CLEMENTE ENTERS HIS PARCELA IN A LOCAL COFFEE COMPETITION Don Clemente and his wife, Doña Simona, are smallholder organic coffee farmers in San Ju...

Coffee and gender justice must go together

Posted by Marine Bourgeois

For many of us, this comes as quite a piece of news. We all know to strive for gender equality, but one might ask, how is this relevant to coffee qual...

Small Changes for a Better Future - Part 2

Posted by James Astuhuaman

GROWING COFFEE IN A MORE SUSTAINABLE WAY AT SAN JUAN DEL ORO, PERU Don Clemente tells us about the farming practices that he has been able to improve ...

Small Changes for a Better Future - Part 1

Posted by James Astuhuaman

MEETING DON CLEMENTE & DONA SIMONA ON THEIR PERUVIAN COFFEE PARCELA It took us just a few minutes walking between mountains up a narrow pathway from ...

Social fund helps out Gumutindo farmers in difficult times

Posted by Xavier Hamon

May and June have been very dry in the mountains around the village of Konokoy in Eastern Uganda. With the rains being late, coffee farmers are still ...

Meaningful democracy for Kuapa Kokoo's 85,000 members

Posted by Hannah Davis

At this time of year I would usually be in Ghana, assisting Kuapa Kokoo in preparing for the most important event in their calendar; the annual gener...

Ageing coops: bridging the skills gap with Pret A Manger

Posted by Nicolas Mounard

Cenfrocafe in northern Peru has 2,567 members, but only 7% are young farmers. To meet the demand for qualified workers and close the generational ski...

The role of business in empowering women farmers

Posted by Nicolas Mounard

Last summer, I went on a buyer trip to DR Congo. Above all the appalling and inspiring accounts from coffee farmers, one moment stuck in my mind. I w...

Make climate change your business

Posted by Nicolas Mounard

When some attention grabbing headlines picked up on threats to coffee production in the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ...

Traceability connects consumers to producers

Posted by Paul May

Last year, the crisis response by marketers to the discovery of horsemeat everywhere from Tesco to school dinners pushed food provenance into the mai...

The farmers and business women of Kopakama, Rwanda

Posted by Nilufar Verjee

I recently had the privilege of visiting women coffee farmers in Rwanda, a beautiful country known by its inhabitants as the Land of a Thousand Hills...

Conflict and coffee: reviving the industry in the DRC

Posted by Richard Hide

In 2008, thousands of refugees surrounded the shores of Lake Kivu in the eastern highlands of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The fallout fro...

Rethinking our broken food system

Posted by Nicolas Mounard

Last year, coffee prices continued their chaotic tumble on New York commodity markets, falling 20% to around $1.20 per pound.  Thousands of miles awa...

Coffee leaf rust outbreak in Central America

Posted by Xavier Hamon

Last coffee season saw a massive outbreak of a devastating fungus that seemed to take everyone by surprise. The coffee leaf rust epidemic stretched f...

Women's empowerment at Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana

Posted by Hannah Davis

I have been fortunate enough to visit Kuapa Kokoo farmers in Ghana six times since I started working at Twin around 18 months ago.  One of the things...

Going beyond Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted by Paul May

As companies respond to growing consumer expectations around green credentials, businesses are looking to partnerships that bring together developmen...

Food sovereignty taking seed in Kerala, India

Posted by Becca Morahan

After hearing Tomy Mathew, one of the founders and promoters of Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK), present at Twin’s Climate Change roundtable in Mar...

Emerging Women Leaders in Kerala, India

Posted by Becca Morahan

I am visiting Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK) to understand more about the role of women in the production of cashew and coffee. It is also a chanc...

Food safety key for trade and public health

Posted by Andy Stephens

It is rare that the issue of food safety is mentioned let alone included in current approaches to tackling food insecurity, yet 4.5 billion people ar...

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