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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...

Michaela Strachan reports on food safety in Malawi in new Twin film

28/01/2013 12:00am

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Michaela Strachan presents a new film produced by Twin on the critical issue of food safety in food security. It is estimated that 4.5 billion people living in developing countries are chronically exposed to aflatoxin as a result of eating contaminated food. The toxin, produced by a fungus that grows on crops such as maize and groundnuts, causes childhood stunting and around one quarter of all liv...

Mzuzu delicious citrussy coffee now available in Sainsbury's

18/12/2012 4:32pm

Mzuzu coffee

If you’re a coffee connoisseur or keen to buy a product with a feel good factor, the latest addition to Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference range - Mzuzu Fairtrade Ground Coffee - is the perfect choice. With a citrus flavour, floral notes and a smooth, toffee finish, the coffee is grown by the Mzuzu cooperative high in the Misuku hills, in the northernmost region of Malawi. Behind the sleek packagin...

Twin, Sainsbury’s and Finlays team up to bring Congo coffee to the UK

17/09/2012 4:32pm

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With funding from DFiD's FRICH programme, Twin is working with a consortium of businesses to develop unique gourmet coffees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and bring them to market through Sainsbury’s in the UK. The DRC coffee will be produced by Twin member co-operative Sopacdi, an inspiring organisation working to rebuild coffee production in its corner of the war-scarred East Congo ...

Strong results for sustainable coffee production project in Malawi

25/07/2012 4:32pm

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Twin has been running a three-year sustainable coffee production pilot in Malawi. As the pilot reaches its conclusion we can report impressive progress in sustainable farming and tangible benefits to participating farmers. The pilot was implemented with the Misuku Co-operative, members of the Mzuzu Coffee Union in Malawi, as part of a Twin and Sainsbury's DFiD-funded project. Twin visited the orga...

Coffee communities in Mount Elgon region of Uganda devastated by landslide

12/07/2012 4:32pm

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Last week the Bududa District of Mount Elgon, Uganda, was hit by a landslide which engulfed three villages and killed an estimated 18 people (reported by both the Uganda Red Cross Society and Uganda’s daily newspaper New Vision). This is the third such landslide in as many years. In March 2010, following extremely heavy rains, a devastating landslide killed over 300 people in the Bududa District a...

Twin film made by producers on climate change in Uganda

13/06/2012 4:32pm

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Members of the Bukonzo Joint Coffee Co-operative in the Rwenzori Mountains region of Uganda have made a new film highlighting the environmental and climate change issues they face as smallholders. Using field visits to smallholder farms in the region, the film looks at practical solutions for some of the problems such as deforestation, draining swamps and poor agricultural practices. The film was ...

Twin report analyses smallholder empowerment in fair trade supply chains

14/05/2012 12:00am

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Commissioned by the Fairtrade Foundation with funding from The Co-operative, A new report from Twin provides an analysis and evaluation of how specific business practices facilitate smallholder producer development and empowerment in fair trade supply chains. The report looks at six farmer organisations across three commodities: cocoa, tea and nuts. The organisations chosen represent different bus...

Twin wins funding for ambitious new project in Nicaragua

15/03/2012 4:32pm

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Twin has been successful in winning Big Lottery Fund (BLF) support for a new coffee project in Nicaragua. The ‘Double Espresso’ project will benefit some 10,000-plus households across 10 producer organisations in the Cafénica network. Working with smallholder coffee farmers, the project will help them to gain the skills and knowledge they need to adapt to imminent climate change threats. The proje...

New funding for Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa

27/02/2012 4:32pm

Aflatoxin control

The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) of which Twin is a member has just announced that it will receive $19.8 million in new funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and $1.6 million from the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) to support its work. This significant investment will allow PACA to establish a comprehensive, Africa-wide approach to aflatoxin cont...

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