Pausing Fairtrade entry to new fresh banana producers


Fairtrade is pausing entry to new fresh banana producers in an effort to better secure incomes for banana farmers and workers. As of 1 April 2024, FLOCERT cannot accept new applications from fresh banana producers for 24 months.

Seeking to safeguard incomes for banana smallholders and workers, Fairtrade is closing the possibility for Small-scale Producer Organisations (SPOs) and Hired Labour (HL) organisations that produce fresh bananas to apply for certification for 24 months.

This is a step in Fairtrade’s efforts to strengthen fresh-banana producers by deepening benefits for farmers and workers and enabling them to earn a living income, respectively, a living. The goal is that the increasing demand for Fairtrade fresh bananas will enable existing Fairtrade-certified fresh-banana producer organisations to increase the volume they can sell on Fairtrade terms, earning the Fairtrade Minimum Price and Premium. This way, existing Fairtrade cooperatives and plantations can continue to build their Fairtrade sales as demand grows.

Effective 1 April 2024, FLOCERT will pause the acceptance of new Fairtrade certification applications from fresh banana producers for a duration of 24 months, with no exceptions permitted. This suspension applies to Small-scale Producer Organisations and Hired Labour organisations who are growing bananas to be sold as fresh fruit (i.e. from the product category “banana”, product type: “banana”, product form: “fresh”) globally. Producers seeking certification for other banana types, such as baby bananas and plantains, remain unaffected, as do organisations involved in banana production for drying and processing purposes.

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Small-scale Producer Organisation
Legally registered organisation of farmers who are not structurally dependent on permanent hired labour and who manage their production activity …
Fairtrade Certification
A product certification system where social, economic and environmental aspects of production are certified against Fairtrade Standards for producers …
Fairtrade Minimum Price
The Fairtrade Minimum Price (where it exists) is the minimum price that must be paid by buyers to producers for a product to become certified against …
Product Category
The respective Fairtrade Product Standard classification, such as fresh fruit, banana, coffee, etc.
Formal procedure of confirmation, by which an authorised person or agency assesses and verifies the attributes, quality, qualification, status of …
Hired Labour (HL)
The term Hired Labour refers to the Fairtrade Standard for Hired Labour Organisations. These are organisations where the main share of work is …
Product Form
The processed form of a Product Type.
Product Type
The Product Type is always directly derived from a Fairtrade Standard and describes the different products summarised within one Product Category.
An agricultural company that structurally depends on Hired Labour. It is a Single Estate that might comprise single or multiple production sites, but …
If a customer does not adhere to certification requirements (e.g. Non-Conformity with Major Criteria) or contractual obligations, FLOCERT may suspend …
Fairtrade refers to all or any part of the activities of Fairtrade International eV, FLOCERT, Fairtrade Producer Networks, National Fairtrade …
The term Producer refers to any type of producer set-up as found in the Fairtrade Standards: Hired Labour, Small-Scale Producer Organisations, …
The independent Fairtrade Certification body, offering Fairtrade Certification services to customers in more than 120 countries. FLOCERT GmbH, a …
Field Workers, artisans or other Workers, including migrant, temporary, seasonal, sub-contracted and permanent Workers, and all other Hired Labour …