In terms of growth, the latest data shows higher sales revenues and increased Fairtrade Premium receipts.
The number of Fairtrade farmers and workers grew by one percent to 1.66 million in 2015, reflecting a similarly small increase in the number of Fairtrade-certified producer organizations.
But there’s better news when it comes to sales revenue and the Fairtrade Premium – the extra sum of money paid on top of the selling price that farmers or workers invest in projects of their choice. Overall, Fairtrade Premium receipts grew by ten percent and revenues were up 14 percent – mainly due to growth in banana, coffee, cocoa and flower sales.
We’re also increasing our reach – Tajikistan joined the list of 75 countries in which there are now Fairtrade-certified producer organizations. While the number of Fairtrade farmers and workers rose slightly in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, numbers in Asia and the Pacific showed a small decline. Continuing previous trends, just over two-thirds of Fairtrade farmers and workers are in Africa and the Middle East.
“The report tells us how we’re performing and where we need to focus our efforts in order to continue growing in the future” says Gulam Juma, Chair of Fairtrade International’s Board.
“The whole world is faced with economic uncertainty at the moment. In that climate, even modest growth is a huge achievement. The findings in this report will encourage us to redouble our efforts to scale up massively in order to empower Fairtrade farmers and workers to get a fairer share of global supply chains. We are realistic – there are no quick-fix solutions – but the great news is that Fairtrade is growing.”