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Heirloom Red Long Grain Rice from the Philippines

  • Fair Trade Heirloom Rice from the Philippines
  • Fair Trade Heirloom Rice from the Philippines
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Heirloom red long grain rice from the Philippines (700g). Grown in the ancient rice terraces of the northern Philippines, these heirloom rices are distinct in flavor, texture, and color. In 1997, four families came together with the idea of improving the lives of disadvantaged producers through trade. They started by buying coffee from a cooperative in Colombia, with the fair trade premiums directed to educational scholarships in the coffee growing region. This project has grown to support 200 scholarships per year! The endeavor continued and trade relationships were formed in Bolivia, Peru, Ethiopia, Tanzania & D.R. Congo. Once things were running smoothly within the coffee industry, they moved on to other foods, starting with the formation of a Colombian company to produce dried fruit and cane sugar that provided positive employment for displaced women. They also developed trade relationships with small-scale tea growers in India, heirloom rice farmers and coconut oil producers in the Philippines, spice farmers in Sri Lanka, & vanilla growers in Uganda. The fair trade premiums paid are directed to different projects based on the needs of the farmers; healthcare benefits, school scholarships, agricultural technical training, or co-op projects.

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