Twin wins

23/05/2019 12:12pm

Business Charity Award winners official

Twin has won the Business Charity Awards in the Community impact category for our project Coffee and collaboration: a success story from Peru. The project built the resilience of coffee farming in Peru. It was run in collaboration with Marks & Spencer, Matthew Algie and Taylors of Harrogate and two coffee cooperatives in Peru – Pangoa and San Juan Del Oro. It was the first time we worked on a proj...

Changing the terms of women’s engagement in cocoa and coffee

17/05/2019 9:00am

Changing the terms of womens engagement in cocoa and coffee cover

Twin has worked with The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands (KIT) to produce a report that looks at the gender inequalities in the cocoa and coffee sectors along with their underlying causes. The report, Changing the terms of women's engagement in cocoa and coffee supply chains, shows how inequalities can be addressed syst...

Twin shortlisted in the Charity Awards

13/05/2019 12:12pm

Hallmark CA2019 shortlist Square

Twin has been shortlisted in the International aid and development category of the Charity Awards for our project , Coffee and collaboration: a success story from Peru. The project was run with Marks & Spencer, Matthew Algie, Taylors of Harrogate and two coffee cooperatives in Peru: Pangoa and San Juan del Oro. It was the first time we have worked in collaboration with representatives from every s...

New report illustrates how smallholder coffee producer organisations can thrive as international businesses

12/04/2019 9:00am

Coffee smallholders and sustainable business LinkedIn

Smallholders produce around 80% of the world’s coffee, and for brands whose business is dependent on their continued ability to sell a consistent high-quality product, having a reliable supplier is essential. We have published a report that demonstrates smallholder producer organisations (SPOs) can flourish on the international coffee market and offer buyers the conditions to create unique, sustai...

Fairtrade represented on Strategic Trade Advisory Group

08/04/2019 11:21am

Muungano harvest

Twin is very pleased that Michael Gidney, CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation, is a member of the government’s new Strategic Trade Advisory Group. The group will advise the government on international trade policy issues, including future trade agreements with countries like the USA, Australia and New Zealand. The group includes 16 representatives from businesses, NGOs, academia, trade unions and thin...

A welcome move from Fairtrade

05/04/2019 2:12pm

Peru compost

This week we welcomed the news that Fairtrade International has revised its Standards for Small-scale Producer Organisations. We are pleased to see Fairtrade’s continued efforts to lift the bar, ensure standards are relevant and deliver lasting impact. The revisions include: Environmental protection: monitoring and preventing deforestation have been strengthened, and requirements on improving soil...

Twin shortlisted in the Business Charity Awards

25/03/2019 2:12pm

BCA 19 shortlist

Twin has been shortlisted in the Community Impact category of the Business Charity Awards. The nomination is for our three year project, Coffee and Collaboration: a success story from Peru. The project was run in collaboration with Matthew Algie, Taylors of Harrogate, Marks & Spencer and two coffee cooperatives in Peru, Pangoa and San Juan del Oro. The Business Charity Awards is run by Third Secto...

Esperanza Dionisio named Sustainability Champion

22/03/2019 10:12am

Esperanza Dionisio crop

Esperanza Dionisio, the General Manager of the Pangoa coffee cooperative in Peru, is named the first Sustainability Champion by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). Every year SCA promotes sustainability in the coffee industry with its Sustainability Awards. Last year, Twin was thrilled to win the sustainable business category. The Sustainability Champion is a new category in this year’s awards...

Eat chocolate, save a rainforest

17/01/2019 10:12am

RSPB Shop Gola chocolate wood wide 1

This week, the RSPB launched a Gola Rainforest chocolate bar using cocoa from the rainforest in Sierra Leone. It is available online and in RSPB shops around the UK. Twin is working in collaboration with the RSPB and Gola Rainforest Conservation to support farmers organised in a producer organisation called Ngolegorbu to collectively export their cocoa to premium markets while preserving the rainf...

Investing in Uganda’s youth

11/12/2018 11:05am

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Twin is working with Farm Africa on a three-year project to help young farmers and women in Uganda build successful careers in the coffee industry. The project is partly funded by the European Union. In 2015, coffee was responsible for 19% (US$442 million) of Uganda’s foreign exchange earnings. However, with average farm size under 1 hectare, many coffee farmers struggle to earn a decent income.  ...

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Twin wins