Monitoring the Scope and Benefits of Fairtrade

9th Edition

Introduction to the full report

In addition to this microsite, we’ve prepared a detailed report (PDF, 16MB) on our 2016 monitoring data, covering all products and countries, with a special focus on the seven major products.

Fairtrade Producer Organizations and Producers

By the end of 2016, there were 1,411 Fairtrade-certified producer organizations in 73 countries, an increase of 13.8 percent over 2015 levels.

There were more than

((1.66)) million

Fairtrade farmers and workers in 2016

Fairtrade Production, Sales and Premium

2015-16 saw moderate growth in sales of most Fairtrade products – for instance, cane sugar grew 7.2 percent; bananas, flowers and tea each grew approximately five percent; and coffee by 3.4 percent.

In 2016


in Fairtrade Premium was paid to producers in the seven major products


Coffee is still the most recognized product in the Fairtrade range and consumption of it has been increasing steadily.

Coffee farmer organizations received


in Fairtrade Premium during 2016


Bananas are one of Fairtrade’s most successful products, generating tangible benefits for 147 Fairtrade certified banana producer organizations in 16 countries.

Sales of Fairtrade bananas totalled


metric tonnes in 2016


Fairtrade cocoa sales volumes have been growing steadily over the last four years at an average annual rate of 27 percent, reflecting increased commitment to sustainability in the cocoa sector.

Sales volumes of Fairtrade cocoa grew by

((34)) percent

during 2016


During 2015-16 Fairtrade certified tea sales volumes increased by five percent on the previous year, generating nearly €6 million in Fairtrade Premium.

The 110 Fairtrade tea organizations represented over


farmers and workers in 2016


Despite increased competition from beet sugar produced in the European Union, sales of Fairtrade-certified sugar continued to grow during 2015-2016.

Sales of Fairtrade certified sugar reached


metric tonnes in 2016


Given that only 11 percent of the world’s cotton is currently produced sustainably, the scope for growth in Fairtrade cotton is significant.

The 18 Fairtrade cotton producing organizations represented


farmers during 2016


Since their introduction as a Fairtrade product in 2001, the volume of stems sold has been growing steadily year on year.

During 2016


Fairtrade flower stems were sold