Fairtrade strengthens the position of farmers and workers in the value chain. By offering an alternative approach to trade Fairtrade supports producers in securing better deals, contributing to greater sustainable development in Africa.
Fairtrade Africa unites over 700,000 Fairtrade certified farmers and workers across the African continent. All these producers share ownership of the Fairtrade system and have an equal voice in all decisions that affect them. As a Producer Network, Fairtrade Africa ensures their voice is heard in the system.
Who are the producers?
Membership of Fairtrade Africa currently comprises over 300 Fairtrade certified producer organisations. All producers are certified against international Fairtrade standards producing traditional export commodities such as coffee, cocoa, tea, cotton, cut flowers, bananas, pineapples, mango and non-traditional commodities including shea butter, rooibos tea, vegetables and fresh and dry fruits.
Fairtrade Africa is made up of both small producer organisations (SPOs) and plantations. In plantation set-ups, the focus is on supporting companies to provide better working conditions for their workers.