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Xavier Hamon, Improving Climate Change: Resilience for Smallholder Coffee Farmers

10/01/2016 5:57pm

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To address climate change requires collaboration through the entire value chain. in this Reco Atlanta talk, Xavier Hamon, Twin's Coffee Senior Programme Manager illustrates this through the story of a precompetitive Twin initiative between two UK roasters and smallholder producers in Peru, making the positive shift from business as usual to unusual business.

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Twin and TMEA creating quality coffee

10/08/2016 12:23pm

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Twin and Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) have teamed up to tackle the constant problem faced by smallholder farmers, the inability to produce a high yield while still producing quality coffee.  This project involving 20 producer organisations in Rwanda and Burundi was started in February 2016 and will continue for the next year and a half with an investment of 1.8 million dollars in order to tackle ...

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Atlas Coffee Highlights their Role in Coffee Grown by Women

12/07/2016 4:42pm

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This April, Twin and Atlas Coffee collaborated on a survey of Atlas customers about their thoughts on women-produced coffee in the specialty coffee industry.  Twin published the full finding which you can read here. Together, Twin and Atlas surveyed over 100 of our industry partners, 85% of whom were from the US, 13% from Europe, and 2% from the Asia Pacific region. When US Roasters were asked to ...

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Twin appoints new Managing Director

23/03/2016 9:23am

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Twin is delighted to announce that the board of trustees has appointed Richard Anstead as our new Managing Director. For the last 11 years Richard has worked for the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK and brings with him a wealth of experience across both the commercial and international development sectors and from a wide range of commodities including coffee, cocoa, sugar and tea. He will be respons...

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Katherine Nolte & Paineto Baluku | Gender Equity in Practice: The Bukonzo Joint Case

10/01/2016 5:57pm

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Through their Gender Action Learning System (GALS) program, the Bukonzo Joint Cooperative Union is working to improve both gender equity and coffee quality in Uganda. This commitment to gender equity has had a direct affect on coffee quality, the average cupping scores increasing from 77 in 2011 to 85.75 in 2014.  This talk took place at SCAA Symposium in Seattle, April 2015.

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Twin co-organises Gender and Coffee Summit

04/01/2016 10:23am

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BETTER COFFEE & GENDER JUSTICE MUST GO TOGETHER NEW LANDMARK CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION CENTRE DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA 2nd Feb 2016, 9am-1pm This event is co-organised and sponsored by Twin and AFCA. Our panel of experts will be discussing why seeking greater gender justice must become a central issue to the sustainability of the coffee industry.  We will be hearing directly from coffee farmers, gras...

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Pret Coffee Fund wins at Footprint Awards

19/06/2015 9:00am

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Pret A Manger has been named the top food service business for Responsible Sourcing at the 5th annual Footprint Awards.   Pret’s Head of Coffee Strategy, Chris MacEwan said, “Coffee is a fundamental part of the Pret business, and commitment to sourcing our coffee responsibly is a necessity for us not a choice.” “However we want to go further than just sourcing quality organic coffee beans, we want...

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Kuapa Kokoo visits leading cocoa research centre at Reading University

26/05/2015 12:00am

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Early this year two representatives from Kuapa Kokoo, the Ghanaian cocoa farmers’ co-operative, visited the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre (ICQC), the research initiative based at Reading University which has been much in the news lately.   Ownership of Divine Chocolate has enabled Kuapa Kokoo to access many different aspects of the cocoa and chocolate industry that cocoa farmers generally ...

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Michael Barratt Brown, Twin co-founder, has passed away

08/05/2015 12:00am

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Twin is saddened to announce that co-founder Michael Barrett Brown has passed away on 7 May 2015, aged 97 years.  Michael was a pioneer in the British fair trade movement, published author, as well as a leading figure in the New Left in the 1950s and 60s.  In 1985 he co-founded Twin Trading which, under his chairmanship, developed Cafédirect, the Divine chocolate business and other Fairtrade brand...

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Twin partner Bukonzo Joint Co-op Union wins SCAA Award 2015

10/03/2015 12:00am

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Twin coffee producer partner Bukonzo Joint Cooperative Union wins Specialty Coffee Association of America Sustainability Award 2015 for its pioneering approach to gender justice. ‘Gender Action Learning Systems’ (GALS) is the inclusive methodology used by Bukonzo Joint across all of its group activities, from farmer workshops to board meetings, to enhance the participation of women within the coff...

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Twin and TMEA creating quality coffee

Twin and Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) have teamed up to tackle the constant problem faced by smallholder farmers, the inability to produce a high yield while still producing quality coffee.  This pro...

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