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Changing the world… nut by nut

Last Thursday, 22 of October, was National Nut Day in the UK! … but of course you knew that already, right? I was privileged to be involved in a series of meetings and activities with smallholder nut producers from India, Nicaragua and Bolivia, who collectively own their own Fairtrade Company here in…

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Bolivian Pique Macho (slow cooker recipe)

What do you get when you combine a Brit, a German, a Slovakian and a Bolivian, with a bit of craft and group therapy? Well, the oddest constellation of all. A group of friends that has become, like all constellations, a great source of beauty, inspiration and light in my…

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Spiced Plum Jam & Plum Chutney, perfect for cheese and charcuterie boards

It feels like the summer is coming to an end. The nights are drawing in and we’ve had to put on jumpers and boots on a couple of times already… but we still have one more summer pleasure to enjoy: foraging for the abundant wild fruit that is all around…

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Community Power – small collective actions that make a big difference

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the important role that forming part of a community plays in our lives. I don’t know if it’s an age thing linked to the fact that I have small children, but belonging to a community definitely feels more relevant in my life now,…

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Run Across Congo – in support of Twin Trading’s incredible work

When I turned 30, as a present to myself, I quit my job. It’s not that there was anything wrong with it, in fact,  I loved it and had great colleagues and amazing experiences. It just wasn’t what I had always dreamt of being involved with: international development. Something about milestone birthdays…

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 and Koolskools (ethical school clothing)

Fairtrade Fortnight is a promotional campaign that takes place in the UK once a year to increase awareness and create a buzz around all things Fairtrade. Up and down the country schools, churches, towns supermarkets, etc. organize all sorts of activities to share stories and highlight the impact of consumer’s choices and…

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Pants to Poverty Feature and Competition

This week on the blog, we’re featuring Pants to Poverty, an award winning Fairtrade and Organic fashion brand started nine years ago as part of the global ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign. Pants has really come a very long way since Nelson Mandela stood in Trafalgar Square in 2005 calling for…

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Bolivian Papas a la Huancaina (potatoes with a spicy fairtrade nut sauce)

Papas a la Huancaina is a hugely popular dish in Peru and in Bolivia. The original dish is from Peru, but it’s quite different from this recipe, which is closer to the Bolivian version. The Huancaina is basically of a spicy warm sauce that is seasoned with Aji Amarrillo (a sort of yellow chilli powder…