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Two men stand in front of a mural at the Manduvira co-op in Paraguay

Interview: Supporting Youth in Agriculture at Manduvira Cooperative

Manduvira Cooperative in Paraguay is world-renowned for being the first sugar mill owned and run by an agricultural cooperative. One of the co-op…

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Banana Production in the Shadow of TR4

This is Part One of a three-part blog series from the Equal Exchange Banana Team exploring the threat of TR4 banana production in Latin…

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Coffee Prices: What Does Transparency Mean?

Buyers, importers, roasters and consumers of specialty coffee are having a big and important conversation right now about coffee prices. Regardless of our role in…

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Podcast: Local Meat, Lower Impact

Many of us who eat meat buy it at the grocery store. We don’t know exactly where it comes from or how the…

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Episode 11: The Spicy Origins of Burlap & Barrel

What if spice farmers had a way to sell their freshest and most unusual varieties for what they’re really worth? What if chefs and…

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Episode 10: A Future for Black Farmers

African American farmers have surmounted all kinds of obstacles in order to keep their family land and make farming profitable. We talked to Shirley Sherrod…

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Trucks, Mules and Motorbikes: Traveling in the Dominican Republic

“Bean to Bar” is a concept you may have seen on your favorite chocolate wrapper. But if you live in North America, like I do…

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Why Peruvian Avocados Matter

If you’re a U.S. consumer, 8 out of 10 times your avocado will come from Michoacán, Mexico. There are various reasons for…

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Why Two Kinds of Olive Oil?

Since 2011, Equal Exchange has carried organic olive oil from Palestinian farmers. West Bank families produce this special oil from olive trees that have been…

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Connecting Through Coffee: An Interview with Kim Coburn, Equal Exchange’s Green Coffee Buyer

By Kim Coburn and Frankie Pondolph, Equal Exchange During the week of April 10th Equal Exchange coffee team hosted 10-20 coffee & cacao producers…

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Episode 6: Big Doesn’t Just Happen

Get ready for the most exciting episode of The Stories Behind Our Food we’ve done yet. We talked to Joe Maxwell about consolidation…

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Sugarcane Farming in Paraguay: Turning up the Heat for Future Generations

Last December, members of Equal Exchange’s chocolate team met with our sugarcane co-op partners, Manduvira. Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Paraguay experiences its…

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Cacao beans on a table form the shape of Africa, along with a bar of Total Eclipse chocolate

Episode 5: Total Eclipse of the Heart

It’s time for The Stories Behind Our Food. We’ve just released a brand-new episode of our interview-style podcast, and…

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Woman In Coffee Highlight: Meet Haby

In the lush and isolated highlands of southern Peru, a region known as Incahuasi, meaning “House of the Incas,” one young woman, Habilia Vigoria Oyola…

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Episode 4: Farmers Sharing Knowledge for Better Chocolate — and Better Outcomes

Hey, it’s another episode of The Stories Behind Our Food, live and ready for you to listen! Here it is! You can hear…

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