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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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Run Across Congo to support women farmers

20/10/2014 1:34pm

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Seven Marathons in Seven Days:  Running for Gender Justice in Coffee Communities in Kivu, Eastern DR Congo To support the Run Across Congo causes, please donate online by clicking on the link below:   Or via text to our Just Giving account, text 'TWIN15 + AMOUNT' to 70070 RUN. EMPOWER. TRANSFORM. The first ever Run Across Congo will support and celebrate the resurgence of the Kivu Region as a sp...

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Sustainable coffee partnership with Matthew Algie and Sainsbury's cafes

03/09/2014 12:00am

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Twin has joined forces with Sainsbury’s and the UK’s leading independent coffee roaster, Matthew Algie, to improve coffee quality and farming practices at the Gumudindo coffee cooperative in Uganda. The project, funded by Comic Relief via the Sainsbury’s Fair Development Fund, will support smallholder farmers in the Mount Elgon region in sustainably increasing yields and becoming triple certified ...

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Fully-traceable women's coffee launches in Sainsbury’s

06/03/2014 12:00am

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Sainsbury’s launches ‘Women’s Coffee’ for International Women’s Day in UK retailer first Sainsbury’s launched the first ‘grown by women’ coffee to hit mainstream shelves in the UK at a coffee tasting event in the House of Commons yesterday, hosted in partnership with the ethical trading organisation, Twin. The fully-traceable Kopakama Ejo Heza Fairtrade Ground Coffee carries a premium to support w...

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Twin wins SCAA Sustainability Award 2014 for DR Congo project

19/02/2014 12:00am

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Twin has been awarded the prestigious Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Sustainability Award 2014 for an innovative project which saw the launch of the UK’s first single origin coffee from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) in Sainsbury’s last year. The project focused on achieving consistent, premium grade coffee from the Sopacdi cooperative in Eastern DRC to sell to mainstrea...

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Report finds investing in women is good for business and development

22/10/2013 12:00am

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Call on businesses to smash ‘glass ceiling’ for women small farmers who play a vital role in global food production Many businesses are unaware of the crucial role women play in supplying the ingredients they depend on for their products, as this contribution is often unrecognised, unpaid and invisible, says a new report Empowering Women Farmers in Agricultural Value Chains launched today (October...

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Tribute to Kuapa Kokoo President Christiana Ohene-Agyare

21/05/2013 12:00am

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Christiana Ohene-Agyare, Kuapa Kokoo’s first female president, died unexpectedly this Sunday morning in hospital at the age of 54. Known to Kuapa’s 65,000 members as Madam Christiana, the popular leader of Ghana’s largest farmer’s union is credited for her significant achievements in empowering women members. She championed a system of quotas for women across all levels of the union’s governance a...

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Twin launches climate initiative with M&S and Matthew Algie project

05/03/2013 12:00am

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The ethical trading organisation Twin today launches a new initiative to help businesses secure smallholder supply chains in a changing climate at their roundtable conference Make Climate Change Your Business. Adapt Now’s first project, delivered in partnership with Marks & Spencer (M&S), coffee roaster Matthew Algie and Twin, will tackle water shortages on smallholder coffee farms in Peru. The in...

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Tribute to Raul del Aguila Hidalgo

15/02/2013 12:00am

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Raúl del Águila Hidalgo, General Manager of Cocla, sadly passed away on Wednesday 13th February 2013. Raúl was an inspirational leader of smallholder producers, not only in the Valle de La Convención, Cusco but also in the rest of Peru, Latin America and the world as a whole. Over the last twenty years, Raúl worked tirelessly on behalf of smallholder farmers, always ensuring that their voice was h...

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Twin holds Coffee & Climate Change panel discussion

  Following the release of our latest Coffee & Climate Change report last January, Twin held a panel discussion on 23rd March at great offices in Central London. Approximately 50 professionals within ...

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