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Sumatran coffee grown by women on shelves in Sainsbury’s

12/07/2019 12:12pm

Bantam Sumatra

Sainsbury’s now stocks Fairtrade whole bean coffee grown by women in Sumatra. The coffee was sourced by Twin and roasted by Finlays. The product is called Bantam and is on shelves now.  Kokowagayo is a women’s group that is part of the Permata Gayo cooperative. Twin has worked with Permata Gayo for several years; however, this is the first time we have sold coffee grown by women to sell as a singl...

Another award for Twin

06/06/2019 12:12pm

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Twin has been awarded the International Aid and Development category at the Charity Awards for our work building coffee resilience in Peru. The project spanned three years and was run in collaboration with Marks & Spencer, Matthew Algie, Taylors of Harrogate and two coffee cooperatives in Peru: San Juan del Oro and Pangoa. Alongside nine other category winners, we were presented with the trophy at...

Mudslides in Mt Elgon

05/06/2019 12:12pm

Mt Elgon mud slides

This morning we received the tragic news that there have been a number of landslides in the Mount Elgon region of Uganda. Sadly, three people have been confirmed dead and a further 50 are reported missing. Our thoughts are with everyone in the region. We work with smallholder coffee farmers that are part of the Mt Elgon Agroforestry Communities Cooperative Enterprise (MEACCE). It's unclear at the ...

Twin speaking at World of Coffee, Berlin

03/06/2019 12:12pm

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There are estimated to be over three million cooperatives worldwide employing 280 million people. Smallholder farmers account for most of the production of the world’s food, and 80% of the world’s coffee. So, how can the sector support smallholder producer organisations (SPO) and enable the whole supply chain to thrive? Twin recently produced a report, Coffee, Smallholders & Sustainable Business, ...

Twin wins

23/05/2019 12:12pm

Business Charity Award winners official

Twin has won the Business Charity Awards in the Community impact category for our project Coffee and collaboration: a success story from Peru. The project built the resilience of coffee farming in Peru. It was run in collaboration with Marks & Spencer, Matthew Algie and Taylors of Harrogate and two coffee cooperatives in Peru – Pangoa and San Juan Del Oro. It was the first time we worked on a proj...

Changing the terms of women’s engagement in cocoa and coffee

17/05/2019 9:00am

Changing the terms of womens engagement in cocoa and coffee cover

Twin has worked with The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands (KIT) to produce a report that looks at the gender inequalities in the cocoa and coffee sectors along with their underlying causes. The report, Changing the terms of women's engagement in cocoa and coffee supply chains, shows how inequalities can be addressed syst...

Twin shortlisted in the Charity Awards

13/05/2019 12:12pm

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Twin has been shortlisted in the International aid and development category of the Charity Awards for our project , Coffee and collaboration: a success story from Peru. The project was run with Marks & Spencer, Matthew Algie, Taylors of Harrogate and two coffee cooperatives in Peru: Pangoa and San Juan del Oro. It was the first time we have worked in collaboration with representatives from every s...

New report illustrates how smallholder coffee producer organisations can thrive as international businesses

12/04/2019 9:00am

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Smallholders produce around 80% of the world’s coffee, and for brands whose business is dependent on their continued ability to sell a consistent high-quality product, having a reliable supplier is essential. We have published a report that demonstrates smallholder producer organisations (SPOs) can flourish on the international coffee market and offer buyers the conditions to create unique, sustai...

Fairtrade represented on Strategic Trade Advisory Group

08/04/2019 11:21am

Muungano harvest

Twin is very pleased that Michael Gidney, CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation, is a member of the government’s new Strategic Trade Advisory Group. The group will advise the government on international trade policy issues, including future trade agreements with countries like the USA, Australia and New Zealand. The group includes 16 representatives from businesses, NGOs, academia, trade unions and thin...

A welcome move from Fairtrade

05/04/2019 2:12pm

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This week we welcomed the news that Fairtrade International has revised its Standards for Small-scale Producer Organisations. We are pleased to see Fairtrade’s continued efforts to lift the bar, ensure standards are relevant and deliver lasting impact. The revisions include: Environmental protection: monitoring and preventing deforestation have been strengthened, and requirements on improving soil...

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Sumatran coffee grown by women on shelves in Sainsbury’s