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At the heart of the Fairtrade system are the farmers and workers, members of Fairtrade certified producer organizations. Here you'll find inspiring stories of their work and how they seek to build a better future for themselves and their communities.

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Producer stories and case studies


Advocating for Avocados

27 March 2017

Fairtrade business is booming for Central America’s fruit and vegetable sector – not least among the avocado growers of Mexico’s Michoacan region. And the Mexican Fairtrade farmers who produce the nutritious green fruit say...


Cultivating Coffee and Community in Las Capucas

10 February 2017

Coffee cooperative, COCAFCAL is supporting sustainable development for the benefit of over 5,000 people in and around the city of Las Capucas in northwest Honduras.


Early Sounds of Success for South East Asia’s First All-Women Coffee Cooperative

16 March 2016

Deeply ingrained cultural traditions meant women coffee farmers in rural Aceh, Indonesia, would sit quietly in meetings, keeping their opinions to themselves. Now, having formed their own Fairtrade cooperative, they have given...


Coffee Rooted in Rich Soil is Life – Cultivating Organic Coffee in Sumatra

15 December 2015

Some of the best coffee in the world is grown on the steep wooded slopes of Central Aceh’s highland in Northern Sumatra. The tropical climate, fertile soils and high altitudes of this mountainous region provide the perfect...


Cookstoves Delivering Change in Lesotho

03 December 2015

Energy efficient cookstoves are halting deforestation and making daily life easier for communities in Lesotho. Now these rural communities are looking to benefit from Fairtrade certification under the new Climate Standard too.


Clean cooking gets the (carbon) credit in Oromia

03 December 2015

Mulane Jabessa is beaming as she lights her new energy efficient stove, one of 40,000 that are being distributed by Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union as part of a project to tackle one of the biggest challenges coffee...


A Commitment to Workers and Community in Colombia

29 May 2015

You can do a lot with $8 million. But ensuring that it transforms the lives of hundreds of people is a much more complicated task that requires dedication, commitment and effort. Which is why the members of the Rosalba Zapata...


Planning for a Prosperous Future in Colombia

28 May 2015

For the coffee famers of the Cooperativa de Caficultores de Antioquia in Colombia, planning for the future is a rigorous process of understanding community needs and utilizing democratic principles to make wise investments. The...


The sweet taste of democracy in the Côte d'Ivoire

24 March 2015

Its farmers operate in a country that experienced tremendous chaos and unrest during elections four years ago. So it may be no coincidence that a strong, democratic structure and a clear sense of direction have been central to...


A Voice for Tea Workers in Sri Lanka

05 March 2015

Tea is an essential part of the economy in Sri Lanka employing over a million people. Recently, effects of soil erosion, climate change, and the rights of workers have pushed sustainability to the forefront. However at Stassen...


Sugar Farmers in Paraguay Realize Their Dream

23 May 2014

The Manduvira Cooperative in Paraguay has transformed from a group of farmers struggling with unfair prices and unjust trading practices into the world’s leading producer and exporter of organic and Fairtrade certified sugar.


Pomegranates of the Silk Road turn to Fairtrade

24 October 2013

Like most people in his village, Pardaali Holov is a pomegranate farmer. So were his parents and his parents’ parents. The mountainous area around the village of Varganza, Uzbekistan, where he and his family live is famous for...


The unshakeable Ketiara coffee family

08 August 2013

Earthquakes may ruin homes and damage villages, but nothing can shake the sense of family at the Indonesian coffee cooperative Ketiara.


Diversification helps spreads the load for coffee farmers in Peru

03 July 2013

When we talk about Oro Verde – or green gold – at Fairtrade, we usually refer to coffee. But the Oro Verde Cooperative in Peru has branched out beyond their staple coffee crop to bring stability to the entire...


Mubuku vanilla farmers ready for the next step

07 May 2013

Vanilla is a picky crop. In its native environment in Central America, the plant relies on a symbiotic relationship with a species of bee for pollination before vanilla beans sprout. When grown in other parts of the world, the...


Fero Cooperative: We do things differently here

07 March 2013

Standing at Fero Cooperative’s collection station, a steady stream of people with sacks of red coffee cherries perched on their backs lines up at the scales. A dignified man with tattered clothes carefully weighs the bags as...


Iriaini tea farmers adding value at the source

07 March 2013

Charles Njuguna is one of 6,000 farmers in Othaya, Kenya, and a co-owner of the Iriaini Tea Factory. Every day he works from 7am till 4pm, tossing tea leaves in the basket strapped on his back. Charles is a small-scale holder...


Coopervitae’s Pledge to Sustainability

02 November 2012

At Coopervitae, the farmers may lead simple lives but their horizons are wide. They draw on the century-long Brazilian tradition in coffee growing to develop a product that will satisfy the taste of today’s consumer. The joint...


Springfield Farms Makes Great Strides in Sustainability

22 August 2012

Springfield Farms is an example of an organization which has placed its values above all else. Its commitment to both people and environment shows in all the farm's activities. More sales of their Fairtrade avocadoes and lychees...


Business is Buzzing for Apicola Honey Cooperative

30 July 2012

The beekeepers of Cooperative Pueblo Apicola are spread across Uruguay, but they have one thing in common: they all live in rural areas, and as a result have limited commercial opportunities. Before they formed the co-op, the...


Banana Producers in Peru Stand Strong in Face of Floods

24 May 2012

The banana producers of the Asociación de Bananeros Orgánicos Solidarios (BOS) in Peru are used to hard work. In recent years, they have banded together to make a number of investments to their association, rapidly expanding...


Hop Tac cooperative: Improving coffee, improving community

20 April 2012

It has been a difficult year and a half for coffee cooperatives. Volatile prices, reduced crops due to climate change, and coffee bushes reaching the end of their productive cycle are just some of the challenges they have been...


CONACADO Cooperative - Smart Investments Lead to a Bright Future

31 January 2012

For Mariano Manzuela, a member of the CONACADO cooperative in the Dominican Republic, Fairtrade means four of his children attend secondary school on scholarships from the Fairtrade Premium. What started as a development project...


Tea growers build school in Vietnam

11 January 2012

In 2005, having decided to sell tea to increase their income the villagers of Nam Lanh, in north Vietnam, were able to improve their standard of living. Fairtrade has brought additional benefits that have enabled the villagers to...


From workers to farmers in South Africa

11 January 2012

The Heiveld Co-op was founded by 14 small-scale farmers of the Suid Bokkeveld community in 2001. The cooperative now has over 50 members and Fairtrade has helped them establish their independence.


Life sweeter for beekeepers in Chile

11 January 2012

In an area of widespread poverty thirty five beekeepers got together in 1994 to sell their honey. In debt to local money lenders they still struggled to make a decent living. Since becoming Fairtrade certified the beekeepers are...


Banana cableway sets an example in Peru

03 January 2012

The Association of Small Producers of Saman and Anexos (APPBOSA) has been Fairtrade certified since the end of 2003. They have used the Fairtrade Premium to construct a cableway to transport their bananas from the trees to the...


Fairtrade producers on other websites

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