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05 Mar 2015

Two years ago, Just Us! had no relationships in El Salvador and our partnership with Prodecoop in Nicaragua was rather distant and impersonal.

Today things are different.

We have now purchased 2 harvests from ACPROA in El Salvador that have gone into our Cradle of Peace and Project: Trifinio products. In addition, they attained Small Producer Symbol certification last year.

In Nicaragua we have managed to tighten our relationship with Prodecoop so that we no longer buy a nameless pooled lot from the organization. Instead, with the help of Etico, our partners in Nicaragua, we have developed a relationship with two small co-ops within Prodecoop that supplied our coffee last year and will again this year. In addition we arranged for these co-ops to put about US$ 9000 of the money we paid for their coffee into rust recover programs. For more information you can read our multi-part blog on Making Change in Nicaragua (www....

19 Aug 2014
Who Who is running this joint and who is it for? When the time came to appoint an overseer for the Just Us! Centre for Small Farms, Just Us! founders Jeff and Debra Moore could not have chosen more aptly. Av Singh, the Organic and Rural Infrastructure Specialist with Perennia, has now the added...
11 Aug 2014
After the negative media attention fair trade received a couple months ago from the SOAS report on wage labourers in East Africa, Just Us! was certainly excited to learn that we rated so high on the recent Fair World Project analysis. As I stated in my blog post then, fair trade certainly has its...
06 Jun 2014
Well, the Globe and Mail really created quite a stir last week with their article, Fairtrade coffee fails to help the poor, British report finds (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/fairtrade-coffee-fails-to-help-the-poor-british-report-finds/article18852585/#...
11 Apr 2014
So Long East Coast Organic Milk Just Us! is incredibly disappointed that East Coast Organic Milk has been unable to make a successful business. If policy-makers and marketing boards could have been more supportive it may have actually worked. You can listen to ECO Milk dairy producer, Frazer Hunter...
04 Apr 2014
Having just returned from my trip to Sumatra, I’ve had an opportunity to mull over the curiosity that is Sumatra. Most of our partnerships with small farmers are in Latin America so it’s certainly thought provoking to explore a completely different coffee growing culture that exists on...