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A Divine vision for a fair future

Posted by Liz Foggitt, Communications Manager, Twin

Twenty years after Divine Chocolate started, it’s leading the way as a sustainable chocolate company. It was recently recognised by the Department for...

Collaborative coffee breeding

Posted by Liz Foggitt, Communications Manager, Twin

In February I spent some time in Rwanda meeting project partners and visiting producers. While I was there, I was lucky to be given a tour of a new A...

A Divine journey

Posted by Liz Foggitt, Communications Manager, Twin

This year, Divine Chocolate turns 20. I recently spent the morning with Sophi Tranchell, Divine’s CEO, to discuss achievements, hopes for the future a...

Remember, Unite, Renew: Kwibuka 25

Posted by Evode Uwanyirigira

“Kwibuka” means to “remember” and every year, Rwanda as a country comes together to remember the victims of the 1994 genocide perpetrated against the ...

What does Fairtrade mean to you?

Posted by Liz Foggitt

Twin believes that market systems, when done fairly, can create better livelihoods for farming communities. We believe that connecting different actor...

Restoring a Giant: Cocoa and Coffee in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted by Kevin Wilkins, Senior Technical Advisory for Specialty Crops, ÉLAN RDC

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is often portrayed as a country plagued by corruption and ravaged by conflict. But there is much more to the D...

A gender balance success story

Posted by Liz Foggitt,

At Twin, we have six guiding principles and Gender Justice is one of them: it’s woven into everything we do. We believe women can live and thrive in ...

Exploring the value of the Amazon

Posted by Cristina Ruiz

Recently I had the opportunity to travel to the Amazon in Bolivia with Richard Cooper from Liberation to scope opportunities for value chain developme...

Coffee and collaboration: a success story from Peru

Posted by Liz Foggitt

In 2015, Twin set up a project to increase the resilience of coffee farming in Peru. The approach - to form an alliance between people across the whol...

Championing gender justice in rural communities

Posted by Liz Foggitt

Women are crucial in agriculture. They help to ensure sustainability of their households and communities and often do most the hard labour needed on a...

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...

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...

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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