COVID-19 HUB

Cocoa producer safety measures

Below you will find the latest developments across Fairtrade when it comes to COVID-19.

Since the outbreak we been actively keeping track of developments with our national organizations, producer networks, and business partners. Despite many unknowns, we are working on contingency responses to ensure the ongoing safety of our staff and the millions of farmers and producers that continue to work through the pandemic.

FAIRTRADE RELIEF AND RESILENCE FUNDS

In most parts of the world, COVID-19 has now been part of our day-to-day for almost a year. It can be easy to forget, but this is also the case for millions of farmers and workers. In spite of the ongoing pandemic they keep working in fields and factories to produce the food and drink we love, trying to stay safe while also struggling to cover their spiralling production costs. They have also shown incredible innovation and resilience in doing so.

At Fairtrade we felt compelled to act and better support our farmers and workers. Last year, via several partners, we secured more than €15M in Covid-19 relief and recovery funding to enable Fairtrade producer organizations to keep their communities safe and start working towards long term economic recovery.

So far, it has helped to provide masks and protective equipment for farmers and plantation workers (who can’t work from home to produce the food on our store shelves), provided healthcare in places where the already fragile healthcare systems struggled to cope, and much more. Here are some examples of the impact to date.

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COVID–19 flexible Fairtrade Premium use

Small-scale producer organizations and contract production set-ups can make rapid decisions on Premium use without convening respectively a General Assembly or the Promoting Executive Body and Promoting Body, to respond to exceptional circumstances of the pandemic due to COVID–19. This remains possible until the negative effects of the pandemic are alleviated and the organizations can continue with the implementation of their own Fairtrade Development Plans.

Hired labour organizations can also make rapid exceptional decisions on Premium use, without convening a General Assembly of workers if the Premium Committee and the company are in agreement. In addition, until 31 December 2020, they may decide to distribute up to 100% of the Premium in cash or in-kind benefits.

In all cases, the changes need to be documented and ratified by the General Assembly at the next possible meeting.

More information available here

PRODUCER GUIDANCE

We are committed to keeping producers, workers, traders, families and communities as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.

In consultation with the Fairtrade Producer Networks and others, we have produced guidelines which draw on advice from, among others, the World Health Organization (WHO), International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) and UNICEF.

These guidelines only cover the basics for the self-employed, employers and workers. We do not suggest the guidelines are either exhaustive or exclusive, and we will update them as further recommendations are provided by the bodies named above.

Download the Guidance Document

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

NEWS

#FairtradeTogether – 2020 is over, but Fairtrade’s support to producers and workers during the ongoing pandemic is not

29 March | Fairtrade International | Read more

An uncertain future for Latin America Cocoa farmers

17 Dec | Fairtrade International | Read more

Cooperative spirit helps West African cocoa farmers through the Covid-19 crisis

15 Dec | Fairtrade International | Read more

Fairtrade partnerships secure more than €15 Million in COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Funding for producers

2 Nov | Fairtrade International | Read more

Fairtrade relief fund assists producers hit hard by the Covid pandemic
29 Sept | Fairtrade International | Read more

Covid-19 risks driving more children into child labour
12 June | Fairtrade International | Read more

Sewing new solutions during Coronavirus
25 May 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read more

Bringing relief and resilience to producers: 3.1M EUR in funding announced by Fairtrade International
09 May 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read more

Fairtrade producers supporting their communities during COVID-19
07 May 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read more

Safety first: How farmers and workers are rising to the challenge of COVID-19
06 May 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read more

In times of COVID: Fairtrade heroes adjusting to a new normal
04 May 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read more

COVID-19 reminds us it's time for a new fashion revolution
23 April 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read more

CEOS from 25 countries call for G20 support to help developing countries fight COVID-19
22 April 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read more

Cocoa in the time of COVID-19 - Staying united while keeping apart
20 April 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read more

Fairtrade producers and farmers speak about the challenges - Living through COVID- 19
20 April 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read more

Tough times for East African flower growers
17 April 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read more

Fairtrade living income work is more relevant than ever
9 April 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read more

Fairtrade Together: COVID-19 Briefing
6 April 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read more

New guidance from Fairtrade boosts action to protect farmers and workers during COVID-19 pandemic
1 April 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read More

Fairtrade Together: COVID-19 Briefing
27 March 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read More

Connected Community: Supporting each other through the COVID-19 crisis
17 March 2020 | Fairtrade International | Read More

Coronavirus-related changes in operations
16 March 2020 | FLOCERT | Read More

Impact on Producers (Latin America and Caribbean)

For COVID-19 updates on Fairtrade Latin America and Caribbean visit this page


Update on the effects of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Carribbean
26 June 2020 | CLAC | Read more

Health in the countryside Project seeks to protect farmers against Covid-19 in Brazil
26 June 2020 | CLAC | Read more

Organisation launches awareness campaign against Covid-19 in Dominican Republic
19 June 2020 | CLAC | Read more

Paraguayan Organization proposes long-term solutions to the situation by COVID-19
22 May 2020 | CLAC | Read more

Update on the effects of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Carribbean
7 May 2020 | CLAC | Read more

Update on the effects of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Carribbean
1 May 2020 | CLAC | Read more

Fairtrade cooperatives in El Salvadore help their associates and communities during the emergency
25 April 2020 | CLAC | Read more

Cooperatives in Chile join efforts for communal sanitation
25 April 2020 | CLAC | Read more

Update on the effects of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean
23 April 2020 | CLAC | Read more

Brazilian cooperative CASEFUL joins solidarity efforts during COVID-19 emergency
17 April 2020 | CLAC | Read more

Cooperative uses prevention protocol in cocoa collection centers in Peru
10 April 2020 | CLAC | Read more

Fairtrade organizations in Peru support their communities during COVID-19 crisis
3 April 2020 | CLAC | Read more

Statement on COVID-19 impact in Latin America and the Caribbean
1 April 2020 | CLAC | Read More

Impact on Producers (Asia Pacific)

For COVID-19 updates on Fairtrade Asia Pacific visit this page


Fairtrade Sports ball Hired Labour Plantations in Pakistan are back into production with strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure the sports ball for your beloved game is made and delivered with utmost safety and care
15 June 2020 | NAPP | Read more

Fairtrade Premium Support to ‘Trade for life Project’: Communities Supporting each other to combat Food Insecurity during COVID -19 in Thailand
10 June 2020 | NAPP | Read more

Physical support services extended by NAPP Field operations team to Fairtrade producers in Sri Lanka during the COVID-19 pandemic
18 May 2020 | NAPP | Read more

COVID-19 Fairtrade Premium Relief Measures by Small Producer Organizations in Sri Lanka
15 May 2020 | NAPP | Read more

Fairtrade Premium Initiatives by Sugar Producers in Karnataka to support and strengthen their Farmers and Communities during COVID19
8 May 2020 | NAPP | Read more

Fairtrade Premium Initiatives by sugar producers in Karnataka to support and strengthen their farmers and communities during COVID19
28 April 2020 | NAPP | Read more

Poster making contest for Children and Youth on "Fairtrade communities in in times of pandemic - "How we foster hope and care for others"
28 April 2020 | NAPP | Read more

COVID-19 awareness initiatives and relief measures in Pakistan
15 April 2020 | NAPP | Read more

Fairtrade in solidarity with our cotton farmers and workers -Fashion Revolution
21 April 2020 | NAPP | Read more

Fairtrade Tea Producers in India resumes their operation with COVID-19 protocols
15 April 2020 | NAPP | Read more

Message from NAPP Chief Operations Officer: Importance of wearing a mask during COVID-19
14 April 2020 | NAPP | Read more

Fairtrade tea plantations speak on the COVID-19 mitigation measures adopted
14 April 2020 | NAPP | Read more

Fairtrade Premium projects to build the resilience of medical institutions and communities in Thailand
8 April 2020 | NAPP | Read more

Message from Fairtrade sugar producers in the Philippines COVID-19
6 April 2020 | NAPP | Read more

Coping with COVID-19 - message from NAPP's Chief Operations Officer
6 April 2020 | NAPP | Read More

COVID-19 risk mitigation measures by Fairtrade Premium Committees across Pakistan, Philippines, and Vietnam
2 April 2020 | NAPP | Read More

Fairtrade tea plantation step forward to safeguard the health and safety of its workforce during the crisis – COVID-19
31 March 2020 | NAPP | Read More

Strengthening the resilience of Fairtrade producer organizations during COVID-19 – immediate short term and long measures by Manarcadu Social Service Society
30 March 2020 | NAPP | Read More

Fairtrade producer organizations take the lead on conducting ‘Awareness Programs on Coronavirus and its Preventive Measures’ for its farmers and workers
19 March 2020 | NAPP | Read More

Impact on Producers (Africa)