Clarification on the maximum land size in the Fairtrade Standard for Small- scale Producer Organizations
24 Nov 2021
During the full revision of the Fairtrade Standard for Small-Scale Producer Organizations (SPO standard) that was finalized in April 2019, the definition of small-scale producer organization was revised and a maximum land size of 30 hectares was also introduced to further strengthen the focus of Fairtrade on small-scale farmers and to avoid unfair competition between and within the SPOs.
Recognizing the implications of meeting this requirement, SPOs were given a 2-year transition period to ensure that they adjust their structure to the new definition. This requirement will therefore come into force in January 2022.