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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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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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Join us for a panel discussion on 'Coffee grown by women' at this year's World of Coffee in Budapest

Twin would like to invite you to attend a panel discussion on "Coffee grown by women; opportunities in the European market". Date: Wednesday 14th June  Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm Location: VIP Room 2,  ...

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