Case Studies

More than 1.6 million farmers and workers in over 75 countries are not just part of Fairtrade but at the heart of Fairtrade. Learn more about the issues they face to produce some of the products we use every day, from coffee and cocoa to bananas and tea. You can benefit farmers and change lives by choosing Fairtrade certified products.

Case Studies

  • Cecovasa


    CECOVASA is a secondary-level organization made up of 10 primary cooperatives which represent 5,049 Quechua and Aymara peasant families.



    Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) is located in the ‘sugar belt’ area of northern Belize.

  • COMSA worker


    Café Organica Marcala (COMSA) is an association of small-scale organic coffee producers located in the La Paz region of western Honduras.

  • Conacado worker


    CONACADO is a union of cocoa cooperatives in the Dominican Republic whose cocoa is sold to Fairtrade and other export markets.



    COOCAFE exports roast and ground coffees to Fairtrade, organic and specialty coffee markets in the USA and Japan. The profits are invested in education and environmental programs.



    COOPEAGRI is a large cooperative located in the Perez Celedon region in the south of Costa Rica. Coffee is its main cash crop.



    Five primary cooperatives came together on 26 August 2004 to form the Entreprise Coopérative Kimbre, known as ECOOKIM.

  • El Guabo

    El Guabo

    In 1997, fourteen intrepid banana farmers in southwestern Ecuador took a leap of faith and shipped a container of bananas across the ocean in search of better markets. 



    FEDECOCAGUA became Fairtrade certified in 2000, though some member cooperatives have been selling to the Fairtrade market for more than 10 years.

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    Kasinthula Cane Growers

    Kasinthula Cane Growers’ Association (KCG) is a smallholder sugar cane project located in an inhospitable region of southern Malawi.

  • Kuapa farmer

    Kuapa Kokoo

    Kuapa Kokoo is located in Kumasi, at the center of the cocoa growing region in the West of Ghana.

  • white wine

    La Riojana Co-op

    La Riojana is a cooperative of small-scale grape farmers in northwest Argentina who also process, bottle and export their wine to Europe and the US.

  • manduvira coop

    Manduvira Co-op

    Manduvirá Cooperative is located in the remote district of Arroyos y Esteros, around 70km northeast of Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay.



    Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU), the largest Fairtrade coffee producer in Ethiopia, was founded in 1999.



    The avocado farmer members of PRAGOR say building trust is key to finding success in new markets.

  • Soppexcca worker


    SOPPEXCCA was formed in 1997 by a group of 62 farmers to improve the lives of its members and their communities to build a sustainable organization.