At the end of 2016 there were 1,411 Fairtrade certified producer organizations in 73 countries. Of the largest Fairtrade products, the highest numbers of producer organizations in 2016 were in coffee (537 or 38 percent of all producer organizations in the Fairtrade system), followed by cocoa (189 or 13 percent), bananas (147 or ten percent), tea (110 or eight percent), and sugar (101 or seven percent).

The net increase of organizations from 2015 to 2016 at 13.8 percent or 171 organizations was considerably higher than that of previous years. Comparing 2016 to 2012 levels, the number of producer organizations under Fairtrade certification increased by 24 percent.

Africa and the Middle East had producer organizations in 29 countries; Asia and Pacific in 20 countries; and Latin America and the Caribbean in 24 countries. The majority of Fairtrade producer organizations are in Latin America and the Caribbean, accounting for 52 percent of all Fairtrade producer organizations worldwide, followed by Africa and the Middle East (31 percent) and Asia and Pacific (17 percent).

Map graphic showing regional distribution of farmers and workers

How many farmers and workers?

Producers infographicAt the end of 2016, there were more than 1.66 million farmers and workers in the Fairtrade system as a whole. Since 2012, the number of farmers and workers in the Fairtrade system has increased by 18 percent.

Almost 1.48 million farmers were members of Fairtrade small producer or contract production organizations, while 185,000 people worked in Fairtrade certified plantations (referred to as hired labour organizations in the Fairtrade Standards).

Coffee, tea, and cocoa remained the most significant products in terms of numbers of farmers and workers involved. Together, they accounted for around 83 percent of all farmers and workers in the Fairtrade system. In fact, the seven major Fairtrade products (bananas, sugar, cocoa, coffee, flowers, seed cotton and tea) accounted for 93 percent of all the farmers and workers in the system.

The proportion of women farmers and workers held steady at about one quarter during 2016. Of Fairtrade’s 1.6 million farmers and workers, women account for a total of 388,730.

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Top image: Ani picking cherries at Fairtrade certified Kopepi Ketiara cooperative, Indonesia. Image © Nathalie Bertrams