Since 2005, Fairtrasa has pioneered a for-profit business-and-development model that brings marginalized small-scale farmers into the global food supply chain and lifts them out of poverty. To build this new model, Fairtrasa started with a simple fact: In the developing world, not all small-scale farmers are at the same level of development. Instead, there are 3 basic tiers: subsistence (Tier 1), post-subsistence (Tier 2), and developed (Tier 3). While Fairtrade-certified food comes from small-scale Tier 3 and some Tier 2 farmers, hundreds of millions of Tier 1 and Tier 2 farmers remain excluded from the global food supply chain. Fairtrasa’s Three Tier Farmer Development Model addresses this gap, providing small-scale farmers in all 3 tiers with support and resources according to their specific needs, with the goal of helping every farmer become an independent agro-entrepreneur. Fairtrasa's model strives to improve the economic, environmental, social, and entrepreneurial well-being of small-scale farmers. Our five impact goals are:
Fairtrasa's Three Tier Farmer Development Model
- Make small-scale farmers more productive and professional.
- Bring small-scale farmers into the world food supply chain.
- Improve livelihoods of farmers, workers, their families and their communities.
- Improve farmer organizations.
- Protect the environment.