Monthly Archives: July 2012

289. How to help farms thrive again

2012-07-30 No Comments

In the development projects I have been involved with, some of the best thinking is done in the car, during the countless hours spent in long rides to and from the field.   Or in the evenings after a day with farmers, which invariably educates and provokes new ideas. When I was working on the […]

288. What we know (and don’t) about the impact of Fair Trade

2012-07-09 1 Comment

As readers of this blog will know, recently we decided to get involved in a Fair Trade for All pilot project in Colombia, in part because we want to understand and document the impacts of Fair Trade on independent smallholder farmers.  As part of our effort to design a strong impact assessment, I have been […]

287. The Fair Trade split — and CRS — in the news

2012-07-05 No Comments

It is turning out to be a Green Mountain week. On Monday, I published this guest post by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Fair Trade coffee buyer Ed Canty on the company’s approach to the Fair Trade for All pilots with independent smallholder farmers and estates. And today, the Burlington Free Press — the Green Mountain […]

286. Guest post: Ed Canty explains Green Mountain’s approach to FT4All pilots

2012-07-02 Comments

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters became the world’s largest Fair Trade coffee buyer in 2010, when it purchased over 26 million pounds of Fair Trade Certified coffee.  The person responsible for all those purchases is Ed Canty, the company’s certified coffee buyer.  But Ed isn’t only in charge of Fair Trade coffee buying for GMCR.  He […]