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Rob Cameron, CEO of Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International

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This commitment from Starbucks could not have come at a better time for coffee farmers as they face the threat of climate change, higher prices and brace themselves for a global slowdown. The partnership combines the expertise of Fairtrade in delivering grassroots-based farmer and consumer...

About 20,000 schools [in South Africa], with 10 million pupils, have no libraries and few books

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"About 20,000 schools [in South Africa], with 10 million pupils, have no libraries and few books, even if they do have shelves." Community H.E.A.R.T.

Fewer than 3 computers per 1,000 people in Africa

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There are fewer than 3 computers per 1,000 people in Africa. UN African Recovery Report

Mobile phone waste

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"Research suggests that there are over 20 million redundant mobile phones in the UK..."

Estimated 315 million obsolete computers in the United States

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"By 2004, there will be an estimated 315 million obsolete computers in the United States. Since fewer than 10 percent of the high-tech machines are now recycled, most of them will be destined for landfills or incinerators".

Medicine need

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β€œOne third of the world's population lacks access to essential medicines; in the poorest parts of Africa and Asia this figure rises to one-half.”

Child slaves

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There are an estimated 246 million child labourers (about 1 out of every 6 children in the world). The number of child slaves and bonded child labourers in India alone amount to 60 million.

Obsolete computers

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"Twenty million PCs become obsolete in the U.S. each year...in Africa there are only three computers for every 1000 people."

Excess medical product

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"Large quantities of medical equipment β€” such as superseded anaesthetic equipment, ECG machines and glucometers β€” lie in storage and are desperately needed in developing countries."

Access to HIV prevention information and services

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"Only about one in five people at risk for HIV have access to prevention information and services".