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2008
Food commodity prices rise dramatically, with wheat, corn, rice and soya roughly doubling in cost. Various causes are suggested, from rising oil prices to climate change affecting crops, rising meat and dairy consumption in a growing Asian middle class, increased use of grains in biofuel production, and loss of farmland.

2009
On July 1, CLWR relocates its international head office to Portage Place Mall in downtown Winnipeg. Warehouse operations relocate to King Edward Street in the Polo Park area of Winnipeg.

2010
January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti. CLWR's emergency appeal raises over $1.1 million.

In April, CLWR closes its Four Corners alternative trade program. CLWR continues to promote alternative and fair trade through a new alliance with Ten Thousand Villages.

Picture: Unloading relief material in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. 
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance