Emerging evidence through impact assessments has found that Fairtrade certification can make a significant difference to farmers’ and workers’ lives.
Achieving development impact is a long-term process and results vary significantly based on regional context, product and supply chain specifics and external factors
- Through the minimum price requirement, Fairtrade is helping certified farmers growing products such as cocoa, coffee, tea and bananas become more income-secure and less vulnerable to poverty
- In many key commodity sectors, Fairtrade certification enables farmers to negotiate a higher price for their product than the conventional market price
- Additional income through the Fairtrade Premium is supporting better farming, strong cooperatives, investment in collective assets, local infrastructure and helping communities plan for the future
- Fairtrade can provide access to finance, producer support and expertise in tackling climate change, supporting long-term environmental sustainability
- Fairtrade improves access to agricultural services like organic training and premium markets. As a result farmers have an incentive to farm better and sell more.
- The Fairtrade Premium has also been invested in agricultural equipment or techniques to improve crops and yields
- Farmers and workers who choose to participate in Fairtrade often feel a real sense of control over their future with greater power and voice.
- Fairtrade is gradually empowering communities by helping them organise into cooperatives and improve their negotiating position within the supply chain.
- Fairtrade can provide producer support and expertise in deepening gender equality
For workers employed on Fairtrade certified plantations, investments made through the Fairtrade Premium in education, better housing, better schools and medical facilities in worker communities is highly valued
- Fairtrade can support workers to realise their rights and negotiate the terms and conditions of their work through trade unions and collective bargaining
- Investment of the Fairtrade Premium by co-operatives in community development projects like improved health facilities and better access to education for children and adults is improving the quality of lives of rural communities