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If you’ve yet to hear about teff, get ready… This ancient grain from Ethiopia is already well-known amongst health food enthusiasts, but it is about to go mainstream. The Guardian and The Huffington Post have been calling it the next big superfood for a few years. High in fibre, iron, calcium, protein - and gluten free - it's easy to understand why. However, it’s mainly been confined to injera - Ethiopia’s flat bread staple. Until now… Working as a husband and wife team in Ethiopia, Valerie and Alula decided to harness the nutritional value of teff to create a unique...

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Today on International Day of Co-operatives I am reminded of the story my grandmother always told me of how her family’s lives had been transformed by a co-operative. She was born in the East End of Glasgow in 1912 – the 5th youngest in a family of 14 children. When her father became no longer able to work in the mines due to chronic asthma, their future looked bleak. Yet her mother (my great grandmother) was a resourceful woman, and so having saved a large dividend by being a loyal customer at the local co-operative store, she withdrew her money and...

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I think I’d struggle to find anyone who would disagree with me that chocolate is delicious. But do you know where your chocolate comes from, and did you know that, produced in the right way, organic cacao has wonderful health benefits? 

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Have you started to notice your bananas are getting greener? This is because they are being taken out of the ripening shed too early to keep the supermarket shelves stocked. This is an early warning about the sustainability of the banana supply chain.

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With over 60% of the population in sub-saharan Africa living in rural areas characterised by lack of infrastructure that excludes them from the economy and keeps them living in dire poverty, could a trade, not aid model provide a solution. The success of the Asante Mama trade, not aid business model shows that it can.

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