Climate change is not fair

For farmers and workers in the Global South, climate change is not a far-off challenge. It is their everyday life. They are already experiencing decreasing crop yields, soil erosion, pests, diseases and changing weather patterns. This changing reality affects farmers and their communities directly in the form of:

  • Income loss
  • Food insecurity
  • The need to change their business models
  • Increased costs for adaptation and mitigation

We must all adapt

Climate studies predict that by 2050 coffee, tea, cocoa and cotton will be so severely affected that production in some areas will even disappear. While it’s easy to think, “I guess I’ll kick my caffeine habit,” that is ignoring the millions of farmers and workers who depend on international trade and these crops in particular to survive.

80% of the world’s food comes from 500 million small-scale farms.

We all rely on farmers and workers to produce the food needed to feed a growing global population. Businesses and shoppers in the US must invest in these communities so that they can adapt, become more resilient and ultimately survive.

Fairtrade cannot solve the issue of climate change, but we do support farmers with tools, practices and resources to become more resilient.

Watch this video to see how one woman-led cooperative in Honduras diversified their crops and then took it to the next level.

How Fairtrade addresses climate change

Fairtrade cannot solve the issue of climate change, but we do support farmers with tools, practices and resources to become more resilient.

There will be a food shortage because of the heat whereas, before, there were a lot of forests, the rains were regular and the seasons were well divided. It was easier. There were four seasons, now we don’t know anymore when we should plant and when we should stop.

Ebrottié Tanoh Florentin, Cocoa Farmer in Côte d’Ivoire
Living through climate change

Hear from farmers

Farmers and workers are on the front lines of climate change. From region to region and crop to crop, the stories are different, but Fairtrade farmers are all experiencing or anticipating the effects of climate change. Hear what it is like directly from them.

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