Covering More Ground: The State of Sustainable Markets 2017

  By Gabriela Albuja As global consumption of goods increases so does the demand for products that meet standards for sustainability. In fact, the market for certified products is growing faster than markets for conventional commodities. This is one of the key findings from The State of Sustainable Markets 2017 from the International Trade Centre […]

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Consuming deforestation: Where are your standards?

  Jacob Olander   First it was hamburgers, then chocolate and now guacamole. Tropical forests are being relentlessly sacrificed for our far-away indulgences. Avocado growers are trashing native pine and oak forests in Mexico. A boom in cocoa planting comes at the expense of tropical forests in West Africa and Peru. And beef is responsible […]

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Bailique: el protocolo comunitario que dio frutos

  Iván Ulchur Rota El açaí (Euterpe oleracea) es un pequeño fruto negro que cuelga de los topes de palmeras en las zonas bajas e inundables en la Amazonía. En el archipiélago amazónico de Bailique, en el noreste de la Amazonía brasileña, sus cultivadores trepan las largas y delgadas palmeras atando sus pies con una […]

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Getting Fair Trade right; honey and poverty in rural Argentina

  Agustin Nervi   “Before they came, nothing happened here. There was no market, nothing…” Claudio whispered as he skillfully drove his trusty F-100 through sandy roads across the wild dry thorny bush that characterizes the Chaco-Santiagueño plains in South America. As we approached his village it was clear I was in for an interesting […]

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WFT? What’s Fair Trade? 5 Things to Know

  I used to be a barista. “Are your beans certified?”, people would ask as they waited on the counter and as I struggled with the latte art. “Yes,” I´d answer, pointing at the many seals attached to our coffee bean bags. There were three, but they differed depending on the batch: Fairtrade Labeling Organization […]

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Hablan los expertos: Tips para participar con éxito en ferias internacionales

El 16 de Junio, Forest Trends y Canopy Bridge realizaron la conferencia en línea “Estrategias para participar con éxito en ferias internacionales,” la tercera de la serie “Economía y Bosque,” sirviendo como orientación para productores que desean participar en ferias comerciales internacionales (con enfoque de sostenibilidad ambiental y social). El webinar empezó con una breve […]

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Navigating the World of Certifications and Guarantee Systems

  Created in order to provide a system of trust in which buyers can be confident that their products really are what they claim to be, certifications are powerful incentives for both producers and consumers to commit to best practices. For producers, a certification can open doors to new markets, some of which are willing […]

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Navegando el mundo de las certificaciones y sistemas de garantía

  Creadas con el fin de proveer un sistema de confianza que garantice al consumidor que el producto que está adquiriendo es en realidad lo que dice ser, las certificaciones poseen un gran potencial como incentivadores de cambios de prácticas de productores y de consumidores. Una certificación puede abrir nuevas oportunidades de mercados, en algunos […]

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