November 2016 - FAIRTRADE FRUITS & VEGETABLES – MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR PRODUCERS

Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This November, we savour the lingering flavours of summer with delicious fruits and vegetables. While Fairtrade bananas are available in many parts of the country, dedicated Canadian companies are importing a wide variety of other fruits and vegetables to expand the market for Fairtrade produce and ensure a fair deal for farmers and workers.

As retail prices for these products have dropped over the years, producers have struggled to earn a living. Fairtrade changes that with a Fairtrade Minimum Price which covers the cost of sustainable production. This protection ensures they can have an assured and stable income and plan for their future. Fairtrade is the only certification scheme that offers such a unique Minimum Price protection for farmers. An additional Fairtrade Premium allows investment in production improvements and community projects.

Ask for Fairtrade produce at your supermarket or local grocer and make a difference in the lives of farmers and workers around the world. 

About Fairtrade Fruits and Vegetables

The following types of produce can be found in various parts of the country, and depending on the season.

Fruits

  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
  • Watermelons

Vegetables

  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes

Focusing on bananas, there are 21,700 Fairtrade farmers and workers in 11 countries, represented by 123 producer organizations, with the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador being the most significant countries for banana production. These producers sell more than 60% of their bananas on Fairtrade terms. While this is a higher percentage than many other product categories, we can still do more to ensure they get the full Fairtrade value for all of their production. Banana producers invest more than half of their Fairtrade Premiums in their organizations – on tools, equipment and measures meant to improve crop quality and quantity. Housing for workers is another priority, ensuring a higher standard of living than on non-Fairtrade farms.

Read more about Fairtrade banana producers on our Farmers & Workers page.