How does Fairtrade work?
Fairtrade and women
Women produce more than half of the world’s food, yet control of the means of production is still dominated by men. The majority of women farmers and hired workers work in producing coffee and tea.
Currently around a quarter of all Fairtrade farmers and hired workers are women.
Kuapa Kokoo, the Ghanaian cocoa co-operative which owns 45% of Divine Chocolate, has formed district level gender committees and has ensured that almost half of its National Executive Council members, including the current President, are women.
Yuyun Sri Wahyuni, a member of the first all-female cooperative in South East Asia, says of her experience with Fairtrade: “I want to prove that we can achieve business success with our will and determination”. The cooperative has given the members a voice and an ability to use their collective knowledge and expertise.
Fairtrade has done a lot to improve equality around the world, but much work remains to be done. By supporting Fairtrade, you can empower and support women around the world.