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Fairtrade Eastern Africa | January 26, 2020

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Fairtrade farmers & workers – who, what, where?

Fairtrade farmers & workers – who, what, where?

Fairtrade International published their top producer numbers today at the BioFach organic trade fair in Nuremburg.

The numbers are a sneak peek into the major trends and insights that will be published in next month’s “Monitoring the Scope and Benefits of Fairtrade”. This annually-released report will deep-dive into monitoring and evaluation data to dig out a comprehensive overview of Fairtrade producer organizations and the farmers and workers who belong to them, including results of in-depth impact reports.

Meanwhile the global numbers give a picture of overall growth for producers in terms of numbers  joining Fairtrade and their sales:

  • There are now more than 1.5 million small-scale farmers and plantation workers who belong to Fairtrade certified producer organizations.
  • The number of Fairtrade producer organizations has grown from 827 (2009) to 1210 (end 2013).
  • These farmers and workers received €95.2million in Fairtrade Premium to invest in business and social projects – a 20% increase on the previous year. [1]
  • 96% of Fairtrade Premium is generated by seven products: bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, flowers, sugar and tea.
  • Fairtrade producers earned close to €1 billion (€944 million) in revenue from their Fairtrade product sales.
  • 40% of all producer organizations were able to sell more than 50% of their total production on Fairtrade terms.
  • Fairtrade producers are found in 74 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Middle East and Oceania.
  • Over 50% of Fairtrade producer organizations are also certified organic.

Which country has the most Fairtrade farmers and workers? How did sugar farmers spend their Fairtrade Premium? How many of the Indian tea workers are women? Stay tuned to find out about the very different local situations behind the global numbers.

Past editions of Monitoring the Scope and Benefits of Fairtrade can be found on our Research and Impact page.