Coffee and bananas are the mainstay of Fairtrade in Latin America and the Caribbean, together accounting for 85 percent of the Premium generated in the region. Fairtrade is working closely with producers and joining efforts with other organizations to make coffee production sustainable by strengthening the resilience of producer organizations to climate change.
Fairtrade grew moderately in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2015. By the end of the year there were 665 Fairtrade-certified producer organizations in 24 countries – an increase of just under three percent. Of these, 589 were small producer organizations and 76 were hired labour organizations, mainly banana plantations. The growth in producer organizations was driven by new cocoa producers in Peru and new coffee producers in Colombia gaining their Fairtrade certification.
Fairtrade farmers and workers in Latin America and the Caribbean account for two-thirds of all Fairtrade Premium generated worldwide. In 2014-15, this amounted to nearly €80 million – an increase of eight percent over the previous year.
Coffee is easily the biggest earner in terms of Fairtrade Premium in the region – in 2014-15, together with bananas, it accounted for 85 percent of the Fairtrade Premium received. Fifty-eight percent of all Fairtrade Premium in Latin America and the Caribbean went to just three countries – Peru, the Dominican Republic and Colombia.
Small farmers in the region account for 23 percent of Fairtrade farmers worldwide – proportionally a slight rise on the previous reporting period – with Peru, Colombia and Mexico accounting for half of all farmers and workers in the region.
There were 521 producer visits organized by Fairtrade staff in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2015 – 14 percent to producers in the Dominican Republic; 10 percent to producers in Mexico and 8 percent to producers in Honduras.
There were a total of 390 training workshops involving members from 717 producer organizations. More than half the participants – 58 percent – were in the 30-50 age bracket and 30 percent were women.