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British NGO's call for curb on supermarkets
Supermarkets' ever increasing power has devastating implications for people and the environment around the world and should be curbed according to the British TV chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. ... more

World Trade talks suspended but not yet dead
Recent events in the Middle East have overshadowed the collapse last week of the efforts to reach agreement at the World Trade talks held in the Qatar capital of Doha, which hosted the so-called Doha Round of negotiations in 2001. But, says Martin Khor, the Doha talks are not dead, only facing what is likely to be a long period of 'hibernation'. ... more

COMMENTARY
New ruling may spark organic coffee crisis

by Eric Holt-Gim´┐Żnez, Ian Bailey and Devon Sampson

A move by the US to change the organic certification process is likely to make it more expensive and difficult for small-scale organic coffee growers in the developing countries, who produce the bulk of organic coffee in the world, to continue to survive. ... more

Fairtrade nuts reach UK despite Amazon floods
With Fairtrade growing in Britain by 40 per cent a year, the problems of getting forest products to market are often overlooked. In Bolivia, for example, nut gatherers have recently made heroic efforts to get Fairtrade brazil nuts to UK consumers despite devastating flooding. ... more

Single Africa aid plan agreed
All the commitments made by both donors and African countries to lift the continent out of poverty will be consolidated into one action plan and monitored on an annual basis, the UK Department for International Development (DfID) said yesterday. ... more

Fairtrade takes off in UK
The number of Fairtrade products available in Britain has rocketed from around 150 in 2003 to more than 700 today. The speed at which the range has diversified reveals a major shift in attitudes towards Fairtrade, the organisation says. ... more

Make Poverty History campaign launched
by John Madeley

An alliance of over 100 non-governmental organisations launched a Make Poverty History campaign in the UK in January. The NGOs range from larger development bodies, such as Oxfam, to smaller groups such as the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS. They plan to put pressure on the British government in 2005 on trade, debt relief and aid issues. ... more

Deal on global trade holds out hope for poor nations
by Larry Elliott

Rich and poor countries last night pledged to secure a new global trade accord by the end of next year after a week of intensive negotiations banished immediate fears of a new era of protectionism by agreeing to cut deep into the west's lavish farm subsidies. ... more

Oxfam to open fair trade coffee shops
Oxfam is to launch a chain of fair trade coffee shops in the UK, called Progreso, in a bid to pioneer a new style of business which guarantees a fair price to coffee producers in developing countries while serving the country's coffee lovers. ... more

New study shows one billion children in poverty
Drawing from the largest, most accurate survey sample of children ever assembled, a new UNICEF-sponsored report has found that over one billion children (more than half of those living in developing countries) suffer from the severe effects of poverty and 674 million (over a third) are living in conditions of absolute poverty. ... more

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