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FAIRTASTE Organic Cashew Brittle

The cashews are Fairtrade and organic certified from India. Fair Trade Alliance Kerala is one of the cashew suppliers. The Alliance was founded in 2006 with 3,600 members now, half of which are certified as 100% organic farmers. Fair Trade has improved its local economy as well as the community. For example, the set up of a microcredit program to assist farmers in remote and disadvantaged areas to provide financial aid during bad harvest. In addition, the Fair Trade premium was also used on the construction of a local community kitchen, building solar panels and buying school bikes.

FAIRTASTE cashew products are prepared and lovingly made by a group of women “Kai Fong” in Kwai Fong. In the process of making a tasty treat, they acquire the skills in cooking organic food while also gaining knowledge on the Fair Trade concept. Knowing that people are eating healthy and being able to earn money using their own skills give them big satisfaction.

細味公平的腰果是來自印度,經過公平貿易和有機種植認證。公平貿易聯盟喀拉拉邦是供應腰果的組織之一。聯盟成立於2006年,現在已經有3600位成員,有一半的農民均被認證為100%的有機農民。公平貿易不僅改善當地經濟,也改善了社區生活。例如,他們設立了協助偏遠和弱勢地區農民的小額信貸基金,讓其農作物受到破壞時,可以得到財政上的援助。另外,公平貿易基金也資助了當地興建社區廚房、建造太陽能電池板和購買學校的自行車。

天然的原材料來到香港,經過用心烹調,才能送到我們的饞嘴裡。細味公平腰果系列是由一班香港基層婦女分工合作而成。她們在完成一盤又一盤香噴噴的腰果過程中,既能學到有機食物的烹調法、認識什麼是公平貿易,又能看見大家吃得健康開心,自己可以發揮所長,所以她們很滿足和快樂。

FAIRTASTE Organic Roasted Cashew (Unsalted)

The cashews are Fairtrade and organic certified from India. Fair Trade Alliance Kerala is one of the cashew suppliers. The Alliance was founded in 2006 with 3,600 members now, half of which are certified as 100% organic farmers. Fair Trade has improved its local economy as well as the community. For example, the set up of a microcredit program to assist farmers in remote and disadvantaged areas to provide financial aid during bad harvest. In addition, the Fair Trade premium was also used on the construction of a local community kitchen, building solar panels and buying school bikes.

FAIRTASTE cashew products are prepared and lovingly made by a group of women “Kai Fong” in Kwai Fong. In the process of making a tasty treat, they acquire the skills in cooking organic food while also gaining knowledge on the Fair Trade concept. Knowing that people are eating healthy and being able to earn money using their own skills give them big satisfaction.

細味公平的腰果是來自印度,經過公平貿易和有機種植認證。公平貿易聯盟喀拉拉邦是供應腰果的組織之一。聯盟成立於2006年,現在已經有3600位成員,有一半的農民均被認證為100%的有機農民。公平貿易不僅改善當地經濟,也改善了社區生活。例如,他們設立了協助偏遠和弱勢地區農民的小額信貸基金,讓其農作物受到破壞時,可以得到財政上的援助。另外,公平貿易基金也資助了當地興建社區廚房、建造太陽能電池板和購買學校的自行車。

天然的原材料來到香港,經過用心烹調,才能送到我們的饞嘴裡。細味公平腰果系列是由一班香港基層婦女分工合作而成。她們在完成一盤又一盤香噴噴的腰果過程中,既能學到有機食物的烹調法、認識什麼是公平貿易,又能看見大家吃得健康開心,自己可以發揮所長,所以她們很滿足和快樂。

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FAIRTASTE Organic Black and White Mulberries

Dustkul Bogi is a co-op located in a secluded mountain valley far off in Southern Uzbekistan. It was established in 2012 with 49 member families. The members are all ethnic Tajiks. In the past, the farmers would go from market to market to sell their products not knowing how much they would sell, but now they can focus on the quality of their produce, knowing that a large percentage of their sales are secure and receiving a good price. Their first Fairtrade Premium payment was used for the construction of a tea house.

Dustkul Bogi合作社坐落於南烏茲別克斯坦的一個僻靜的山谷。它於2012年成立,有49個成員家庭,全是塔吉克族。過去,農民需奔波於各市場出售產品,也不知可賣多少。現在,他們知道大部份產品能以良好的價格賣出,所以能專注於產品的質量。他們的第一筆社區發展基金是用於建設茶館。

FAIRTASTE Organic Fair Trade Apple Rings

Turob Bobo was established in 2012 with 182 members, of which over 100 were women.

Shahlo Isrofilova is a member of the co-op. She is married with 4 children, 3 of them are in the local school supported by the Premium.
She said the Fairtrade Premium has been very important here since they used to rely on diverting the water from the river to their village. But now with the Premium they have been able to install a pump for the well and improve irrigation. She said “If there’s no water, there’s no life here since we all live from the land”.

Shahlo Isrofilova是合作社的成員。她已婚,育有4個孩子,其中3人所入讀的學校由發展基金支持。她認為社區發展基金非常重要,過去他們需由河流疏水到村裡,現在有了發展基金,他們能夠安裝一個水泵,改善灌溉。她說:“沒水就不能生存,因為我們都活在地上” 。

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FAIRTASTE Organic Fair Trade Golden Cherries

Turkiston Gulba is the first Fairtrade cooperative in Uzbekistan. It was established in 2011 with 150 members. With the Fairtrade premium, the farmers plan to invest in access roads, a truck to transport their fruits, and water supply for local homes.

“With the Fairtrade premium, we can make infrastructure in our village much more better. Our joint decision was to make this year – new gas pipe line. I like my work, and so happy that all my family can work together and make so much for our village, for our children, for our future.” Said the 60 year old farmer, Yakubov Uzok, member of Turkiston Gulba Co-op.

Turkiston Gulba於2011年成立,有150名成員,是烏茲別克斯坦首個公平貿易合作社。農民把社區發展基金用於興建道路,購置貨車以及為當地家庭提供食水。

六十歲的Yakubov Uzok是 Turkiston Gulba合作社的成員。他說:“有了社區發展基金,我們便能提升村內的基建設施。我們決定今年將興建新的天然氣管道。我喜歡我的工作,很高興能與家人一起努力,為我們的村,孩子和未來付出。

FAIRTASTE Sun-dried Apricot

Mountain Fruits is a Fairtrade dried-fruit company in Pakistan. It provides training to the farmers on dried-fruits production as well as providing work opportunities for local women. Roshan Ghazi is one of the beneficiaries. She is happy to be able to contribute to family income.

Mountain Fruits是一間位於巴基斯坦的乾果製作公司,是Tropical Wholefoods的其中一間供應商。他們會訓練當地的農民如何去製作乾果,更會提供就業機會予當地女性。Roshan Ghazi是當地的受惠者之一,她很高興她能夠賺取收入,為家庭出一分力。

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FAIRTASTE Organic Sun-dried Pineapple

Fruits of the Nile (FON) is one of the dried-fruit suppliers of Tropical Wholefoods. Since 1992, it has been buying Fairtrade Organic solar-dried pineapples from 5 farmer groups in Uganda. FON believes that solar drying is an affordable way for farmers to preserve their fruits, and add value to them. In addition, solar drying has minimal environmental impact using renewable energy.

Fruits of the Nile (FON) is one of the dried-fruit suppliers of Tropical Wholefoods. Since 1992, it has been buying Fairtrade Organic solar-dried pineapples from 5 farmer groups in Uganda. FON believes that solar drying is an affordable way for farmers to preserve their fruits, and add value to them. In addition, solar drying has minimal environmental impact using renewable energy.

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