Benjamin-Francklin Kouamé, a cocoa farmer from Côte D’Ivoire has said: “Being a farmer shouldn’t be a route to poverty. My feeling is that poverty is a reason for the destruction of nature. It drives deforestation. When I am hungry I can’t think.”
Global extreme poverty, the rate of people living on less than $1.90 per day, rose in 2020 for the first time in over 20 years as the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic compounded the forces of conflict and climate change, which were already slowing poverty reduction progress. About 100 million additional people are living in poverty as a result of the pandemic. Source: World Bank 2021.
Throughout 2021 COVID-19 relief and resilience funds raised by Fairtrade as part of global advocacy efforts and existing programmes with partners continued to support producers. From variant outbreaks in different countries, unequal access to vaccines and the long-lasting economic side-effects, 2021 meant continued struggle for everyone. For those whose income relies on being able to work in fields and factories, for whom harvesting and planting seasons are bound to the laws of nature, and not lockdowns, they needed support to implement safe working conditions.
The FAIRTRADE Mark gives consumers the reassurance that farmers and workers in low-income countries are not being exploited. Through the unique combination of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and Premium producers have the means to invest in their land and the knowledge to farm both sustainably and profitably. We believe paying someone a decent return for a day’s work is more than just fairness, it should be a human right. So if you agree, join us in showing your support to producers around the globe with Fairtrade.