Thomson Chowattukunnel, a cashew farmer

Thomson Chowattukunnel, a cashew farmer

The cashew fruit and nut

The cashew fruit and nut

Harvested cashew nuts with the cashew apple attached

Harvested cashew nuts with the cashew apple attached

Hand peeling the cashew nuts

Hand peeling the cashew nuts

Fair Trade Alliance Kerala

India

Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK) is an organisation of small holder farmers drawn from the hill regions of the western Ghats of Kerala. The organisation evolved as a response to the agrarian crisis of poverty and indebtedness that gripped Kerala during the beginning of the 21st century, when producers were not even getting the cost of production for much of their produce.