Fairtrade Carbon Credits: Supporting smallholders in their fight against climate change
Andreas Kratz, Director of Standards and Pricing at Fairtrade International, introduces the new Fairtrade Climate Standard, a collaboration bringing together the expertise of the Gold Standard and Fairtrade International in their respective fields.
Climate change is having an enormous impact on millions of smallholder farmers around the globe, including the 1.5 million Fairtrade producers in developing countries. Extremes of temperature and rainfall combined with a sharp increase in pests and diseases not only make planning when to sow and harvest difficult, it puts their very livelihoods at risk. Farmers are telling us that they quickly need more support to get the skills and finance they need to adapt to the changing climate, while also doing their part to reduce their own emissions.