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Fairtrade Bananas

How Fair is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade International has had an enormous contribution in putting ethical consumption on the agenda, becoming an instantly recognisable label of fairness. However, with an increasingly complicated supply chain and intensified globalisation, trade that is fair is becoming harder to ensure, despite a consumer force that is more conscious than ever. So how fair does Fairtrade continue to be?

Lebanon: A member of the French search and rescue team after the tragic explosions in Beirut

Sectarian staging and human life is the cost in Lebanon

Over the past two years, the minimum wage in Lebanon has fallen by 84% due to the devaluation of the Lebanese pound. The country has been facing an economic crisis, which could rank in the top three most severe crises episodes globally since the mid-nineteenth century. The crisis has left almost three-quarters of the population below the national poverty line. Nevertheless, the corrupt political regime deemed it insufficient to starve more than half of the population to death. Today, on top of medicine and gas shortage, electricity cuts and constant uncertainty, the Lebanese starve for justice.