Impact & Sustainability

There are 2.5 billion small-scale farmers worldwide, of whom about 1.4 billion live in absolute poverty, defined by the U.N. as earning less than USD 1.25 a day. Millions more live near this level. The UN declared that the world will need to increase its food supply by 70% to prevent a food shortage in 2050.

These statistics illustrate two grave problems. First, over 1 billion people are living in poverty, even though they have a skill that the rest of the world values and needs. Second, the world will not have access to enough food if we cannot increase supply by improving production and supply chain efficiency.

There is a profound opportunity to address several of the world’s most pressing issues by investing in small-scale farmers in developing countries. Helping poor, marginalized farmers produce sustainably will help increase their income, protect the environment and feed more people both locally and globally. The fair trade movement and the Fairtrade certification scheme have been very effective in improving the lives of many small-scale farmers. However, Fairtrade certification is only accessible to select farmers, while hundreds of millions more remain stuck in a vicious cycle of poverty. NGOs can help the most marginalized, but they cannot fundamentally alter the global food supply chain.

Fairtrasa's Impact Goals

  1. Help small-scale farmers to become more productive and professional.
  2. Bring small-scale farmers into the world food supply chain.
  3. Improve livelihoods of farmers, workers, their families and their communities.
  4. Improve farmer organizations.
  5. Protect the environment.

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

On September 25, 2015, world leaders came together at the United Nations to agree on 17 new Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030. The goals build upon the original Millennium Development goals, but go even further to protect against climate change, promote innovation and sustainable consumption, and fight against economic inequality and injustice. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) declares that these Global Goals are “a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.”

Fairtrasa is dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Fifteen of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are related directly or indirectly to our work. Small-scale farmer development fights poverty, stimulates economic growth, and promotes responsible production and consumption, while our organic agricultural practices minimize climate change. Fairtrasa is proud to be working to achieve 15 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a leading social enterprise in sustainable agriculture.