Banana Impact Report – 2019

10 December 2020
Banana Producer from ASOBANARCOOP
Top Producing Countries

Our geographic reach

93% of bananas harvested are from Latin America & the Caribbean, with 94,641 acres of land under Fairtrade banana production. Top Producing Countries include:

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Dominican Republic

30% growth was experienced in Fairtrade banana sales in 2019.
Fairtrade and Organic bananas
Víctor Manuel Pimentel, banana producer in Dominican Republic
Our impact

Fairtrade banana market landscape in the US

In 2019, the US Fairtrade banana sector grew by 66% in volume over the previous year. This was driven by an increase in sales at grocery stores and commercial partners expanding their commitments to Fairtrade. As sales increase, as do the number of certified producer organizations, workers and farmers have benefitted.

At Fairtrade America, we are proud that all our commercial partners are sourcing organic Fairtrade bananas, meaning farmers and workers in these supply chains receive a higher price and premium for their commitment to organic farming and further lowering their carbon footprint.

Fairtrade banana market trends

2016 Kgs/USD 5,058,565 2017 Kgs/USD 7,647,811 2018 Kgs/USD 8,189,941 2019 Kgs/USD 13,613,771

Fairtrade banana sales volume

Fairtrade Premiums Received; 2016 $251,030 Kgs/USD; increasing to $13,613,771 in 2019

Fairtrade banana premiums paid

98% of Fairtrade bananas are also organic.
The People and Causes You Support

Increasing productivity, soil fertility, and decreasing our carbon footprint

More than 90% of all Fairtrade bananas consumed worldwide come from Latin America and the Caribbean. However, most banana production still depends on chemicals, which affects the microbiological balance of the soil and the wider environment. Consequently, this leads to lower yields, increased costs, and reduced effectiveness of traditional, non-chemical crop management.

To address this, CLAC (the Latin American and Caribbean Producer Network) designed and implemented a productivity improvement program (Programa de Incremento a la Productividad—PIP) in 2015 focused on improving agricultural practices at the farm and organizational level. Twenty small-scale banana producer organizations from Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the Dominican Republic and the Windward Islands participated.

The outcomes were very positive: soil health and fertility improved, with a 35% reduction of agrochemicals. In addition, the frequency of water of irrigation was reduced by 50%, which contributed to the reduction of producers’ water footprint.

Fairtrade banana premium use

Premium use by Small Producer Organizations

Fairtrade premium use: HLOS; 26% Investment in worker housing 26% 20% Other services for workers and their families such as healthcare 20% 16% Education services for workers and their families 16% 11% Financial and credit services for workers and their families 11% 11% Community infrastructure 11% 9% Payments to workers and their families 9% 7% Premium Committee and other related committee running costs 7%

Premium use by Hired Labor Organizations

Building sustainable communities in Urabá, Colombia

Fairtrade Premiums have helped communities improve access to healthcare, housing, education, and other areas that have improved peoples’ lives. Investment in housing and public infrastructure has been strong among Fairtrade certified plantations in Urabá, Colombia. Corporación Rosalba Zapata Cardona, the Fairtrade Committee of the Bananas de Urabá plantation, has had a positive impact on nine out of every ten workers by building new housing and investing home improvements through its housing program.

Benigno Rivas works at Finca Madrigal, one the plantations of Bananeras de Urabá. His family is one of many who have benefitted from the program and have been able renovate their home.

“We feel better. These home improvements were only possible thanks to the investments by the Corporación. It has been a great support because we do not have the sort of money to undertake this kind of work,” shares Yadira Rivera, Benigno’s wife.

In addition to the housing program, the Corporación has invested in community facilities including a children’s playgrounds, recreational sports, and a center for the elderly. These community hubs are especially important for the children in the community to provide an after-school activity while their parents are working.

29% higher yields were achieved by Fairtrade producers due to increased sustainability via the Fairtrade Productivity Improvement Program.
Thank you to all our partners & supporters

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