The difference that Fairtrade makes

Emerging evidence through impact assessments finds that Fairtrade certification can make a significant difference to farmers’ and workers’ lives.

Achieving development impact is a long-term process and results vary significantly based on regional context, product and supply chain specifics and external factors.

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Economic impact 

  • Through the Minimum Price requirement, Fairtrade is helping certified farmers growing products such as cocoa, coffee, tea and bananas become more income-secure and less vulnerable to poverty.
  • In many key commodity sectors, Fairtrade certification enables farmers to negotiate a higher price for their product than the conventional market price.
  • Additional income through the Fairtrade Premium is supporting better farming, strong cooperatives, investment in collective assets, local infrastructure and helping communities plan for the future.

Social impact

  • columbiaIn hired labor organizations, investments made through the Premium in education, better housing, better schools and medical facilities in worker communities are highly valued.
  • Investment of the Fairtrade Premium in community development projects like improved health facilities, better access to education for children and adults, and agricultural equipment or techniques to improve crops and yields, is improving the quality of lives of rural communities.
  • Fairtrade is gradually empowering communities by helping them organize into cooperatives and improve their negotiating position within the supply chain. Farmers and workers who choose to participate in Fairtrade feel a real sense of control over their future with greater power and voice.

Environmental impact

  • Fairtrade provides access to financing, producer support and expertise in tackling climate change or deepening gender equality to support long-term environmental and social sustainability.
  • Fairtrade improves access to agricultural services like organic training and more importantly, access to premium markets. As a result, farmers have an incentive to farm better and sell more.


To read more about Fairtrade’s impact in specific product categories and countries see our Farmers and Workers section.