It’s not just coffee. Coffee Plant sells lots of Fairtrade certified cocoa and chocolate too. Its pretty bad out there for most farmers outside the Fairtrade system.
The Fairtade Foundation writes:
Many of the cocoa farmers in Western Africa working on the current cocoa harvest earn less than US$1 dollar a day.
Fairtrade has already taken significant measures to increase the amount cocoa farmers earn. We are the only certification scheme to focus on price and publicly campaign for farmers’ right to a living income. This includes an increase to the Fairtrade Minimum Price and Fairtrade Premium by 20 percent from October 1st 2019.
Fairtrade is having a positive impact in the cocoa category – such as sales volumes for Fairtrade cocoa surging by 57% and €44 million being paid to cocoa producers.
This means farmers have been able to invest in agricultural tools, trainings and infrastructures.