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Oikocredit Canada Newsletter
October 2017

Savouring every cup: OIkocredit's role in fair trade coffee

In this edition of our newsletter, the spotlight falls on smallholder farmers, and fair trade coffee in particular. We take a close look at how our partner FAPECAFES is helping to improve coffee farmers' lives. As well, we feature an interview with Colleen Anunu, Fair Trade USA’s Senior Manager of Supply Chain, who provides valuable insights into the fair trade sector, and how it collaborates with Oikocredit to benefit smallholder coffee farmers.

On the theme of smallholder farmers, Eugene Ellmen, Oikocredit National Director for Canada and the US, explains how investment in small farmers can help to meet the challenge of global food security.

And for our supporters and investors in the Toronto area, we have an invitation to a public event on Oct. 24, featuring a discussion on the theme of Investment, Gender and Equality. The speaker is Brittany Lambert, who heads up womens rights policy at Oxfam Canada.


You are invited

Join us in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 24 during Responsible Investing Week and World Development Information Day for an evening of conversation with Brittany Lambert, Women’s Rights Policy and Advocacy Specialist for Oxfam Canada. She will talk about how investors and citizens can step up to reduce gender inequality and make the world a better place.

Find out more and register >

Investment needed for smallholder agriculture

Smallholder farmers – once disdained by experts as unimportant and inefficient – are now being heralded as the key to feeding the world's growing population. But these farmers need investment to step up their production. Eugene Ellmen, Oikocredit's National Director for Canada and the US, looks at this issue.

Read the blog >

Backing coffee growers in Ecuador

Oikocredit’s partner FAPECAFES is a federation which provides assistance to smallholder coffee growers in Ecuador’s southern regions. It helps to market the farmers’ products at home and abroad, while backing fair trade and organic production.

Read more about FAPECAFES>

Fair trade triumphs and challenges

We interviewed Colleen Anunu, Fair Trade USA’s Senior Manager of Supply Chain about fair trade’s achievements and how it responds to challenges. Colleen also provides us with insights into how Fair Trade USA, Oikocredit and others collaborate to the benefit of smallholder coffee growers.

Read the interview >

Oikocredit facts & figures

Our data for the second quarter of 2017 includes capital outstanding, the total number of partners and countries where we invest, as well as an overview of our funding by type, region and sector. This year we've also started presenting households with access to clean energy and CO2 avoided/reduced (in tonnes).

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