Kenya: Farmers Go Wild On Tobacco Cash –

Kenya: Farmers Go Wild On Tobacco Cash
Alliance One has been organising a series of farmers' workshops in Nyanza to sensitise them on wise investments and the need to stop using children on tobacco farms. During the training, growers are taken through labour laws that prohibit engaging


France upends NATO’s exit strategy in Afghanistan – The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
France upends NATO's exit strategy in Afghanistan
The Express Tribune
PHOTO: AFP/FILE WASHINGTON: France's decision to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan a year earlier than planned deals a blow to the US-led war effort and threatens to trigger a “rush to the exits” by other Nato members, experts said Monday.
French judge to probe 2008 killings in AfghanistanFox News
NATO sticking to 2014 date for ending combat operations in AfghanistanWashington Post

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From Romania: Farming Enterprise Will Assist Young Girls Such as Violeta

Not For Sale Romania is working to scale the scope of its operation and to create more opportunities for survivors of modern slavery in 2012.

The organization recently confirmed that the first stage of development of its organic farming enterprise has been completed.

Once in operation, the enterprise will provide rehabilitation, job training, marketing and sales skills, and employment to survivors of human trafficking and people vulnerable to human trafficking.

Not For Sale believes alternative opportunities such as this enterprise will greatly reduce the likelihood of people falling into the hands of traffickers because of their desperation to escape from poverty.

When survivors escape their traffickers, they often remain victims of exploitation because they have no alternative opportunities to support themselves.  The farming enterprise will offer an alternative option for girls like Violeta, eager to break the cycle.

The young single mother is a just one of the Romanian girls who was trafficked abroad and forced by a pimp to work in prostitution. In exchange for working, her pimp would provide her with baby food for her young child.

After a year of sexual exploitation abroad, Violeta was able to escape her pimp with the help of a client. She returned to Romania and was placed in a Social Care Centre. Violeta’s situation was brought to the attention of Not For Sale Romania, as she was looking for assistance on her return to Romania.

Violeta decided to participate in the Not For Sale reintegration program. Her son was enrolled in kindergarten, and Violeta began her journey towards healing.

The farming enterprise will directly support and provide a brighter future for survivors like Violeta and her child in the future.

Click here to learn more about Not For Sale’s anti-slavery work in Romania.


Creative Designer

Fairfood International is a global movement of people passionate about transforming the food industry. Together, we encourage more than 1700 companies in over 76 countries worldwide to make their food and beverage products sustainable.

Fairfood International’s head office is in Amsterdam. Fairfood has 7 front-offices worldwide (London, Berlin, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg and Delhi). Fairfood is a centralized organisation and one legal entity.

The Communications Department of Fairfood is currently recruiting for the position of

Creative Designer

The Communications department provides the various national and international stakeholders with information. It supports the lobbying approaches to brand owners and is responsible for creating constant public awareness of the relationship between mainstream brand products and global hunger and poverty. The department is split up into four different projects based on discipline: E-campaigning, Website, Corporate Identity and Public Relations.

As a Creative Designer for Corporate Identity you will be involved in the development of visuals and promotion material, for print as well as for online/TV content. You will be responsible for setting up a network of different creative designers and editing freelancers who can help Fairfood to develop communication tools. Furthermore, you will produce visuals and tools for Fairfood, with or without the assistance of an external bureau or freelancers.

Your competences
You are studying at or have graduated from a higher education institution (HBO) or university or have acquired an equivalent working and thinking level through work experience, preferably related to communication and/or graphic design. Experience with DTP and/or graphic design is a plus, as well as a feeling for typography and design. Furthermore, you have good verbal and written skills in Dutch and English. You take the initiative and you are able to work well independently and in a team. Obviously, you have affinity with Fairfood’s objectives.

What do we offer?
This is an unpaid position, which is suited as an internship to acquire work experience in this particular field of work and at an NGO. We offer a versatile position within a young international organisation. You will have the freedom and opportunity to continue developing yourself and achieve tangible results. We value our employees and we fully recognise that flexibility in the amount of working hours might be important for you. We do expect, however, that you will work a minimum of sixteen hours a week over a period of three months.

If you recognise yourself in this outline and have seen your core qualities detailed above, we would like to meet you! For enquiries related to the position contact Bipasha Dalvi, Manager Corporate Identity: bipasha.dalvi [at] or +31 (6) 27 243 707. If interested, send your motivation letter and CV to bipasha.dalvi [at]


Oxfam response to the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability report launched today

In response to the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability report presented to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Addis Ababa today, Sarah Best of Oxfam said:

“The Panel’s report is a welcome rallying cry for the vision of a sustainable, fair, and resilient future that Oxfam fully shares. But their recommendations don’t deliver the quantum leap the Panel calls for. It’s weak medicine for such a life-threatening diagnosis. World leaders will need to do better when they meet at the UN summit in Rio in June.

“The emphasis on women’s rights and the call for an ‘ever-green’ revolution in agriculture, so it is more resource-efficient and productive, is helpful but concrete recommendations on reforming the food system are thin. There is nothing in the report on how to finance the recommendations – for instance, through a levy on international shipping and aviation, or a financial transaction tax – which has been backed by the UN panel on climate finance. They also missed the chance to tackle damaging biofuel mandates and subsidies, which drive food price hikes whilst failing to address the climate crisis.”

Read more

A copy of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability report “Resilient People, Resilient Planet” and press release can be found here

Blog: Rio+20 can make a difference

Growing a Better Future: Food justice in a resource-constrained world

What a global food crisis looks like: Oxfam’s food prices map

Oxfam’s report: Out of the Bunker: Time for a fair deal on shipping emissions

What is the Robin Hood Tax Campaign?


Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis regarding Bureau of Labor Statistics report on union members in 2011 [01/27/2012]

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement regarding the Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today on union members in 2011:|||||||

Olympic Mascot Toys Link To Sweatshop Labour Probed – Londonist

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Olympic Mascot Toys Link To Sweatshop Labour Probed
An investigation has been launched into the production of toys of 2012 mascots Wenlock and Mandeville, after concerns over conditions in their Chinese factories. Production on a line of soft toys of the loveable/collectable duo, currently starring in
Chinese Olympic Mascot Toys Embroiled in Sweatshop

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The dark side of shiny Apple products

Even in this high-tech age, our most popular electronic devices are largely Against Corporate Misbehavior, a labor watchdog group based in Hong Kong.

Witham: School makes Fairtrade switch after pupils lecture staff

as students have lectured staff about the virtues of fair trade products. As a result, teachers have switched to use Fairtrade tea and coffee in the