The difference that Fairtrade makes

Impact evaluations show that Fairtrade certification can make a meaningful difference to farmers and workers in developing countries.

Achieving lasting development impact is a long-term strategy, and outcomes greatly differ depending on region, product and trade situations, as well as external influences.

Through Fairtrade, cooperatives have become more resilient and communities are becoming empowered to improve their standing in the global market. Fairtrade producers feel the increased power that they have over their own futures.

Economic Impact

  • With help from the Fairtrade Access Fund, farmers in Paraguay have opened the first ever producer owned sugar mill
  • The Fairtrade Minimum Price mechanism has helped Fairtrade farmers of products such as coffee, cocoa, bananas and tea to secure a more reliable income and work their way out of poverty
  • Fairtrade has helped farmers of many core commodities negotiate higher prices for their crops compared to what they would receive on the conventional market

Environmental Impact

  • Fairtrade enables farmers to have greater access to additional trading markets, through agricultural developments such as organic farming, giving farmers incentive to improve their farms and sell more crops
  • Investments of the Fairtrade Premium in agricultural techniques and equipment improves crop yields and quality
  • Fairtrade can provide access to producer support, finance and expertise in climate change adaptation, which supports long-term environmental sustainability

Social Impact

  • Farmers and workers choosing to participate in Fairtrade oftentimes feel like they have a greater power and voice with a sense of control in their futures
  • Fairtrade Premium investments contribute to improved housing, infrastructure, education and medical services within communities
  • Fairtrade can support workers and hired labor to negotiate terms and conditions and realize their rights at work through collective bargaining and trade unions