Fairtrade in the Pacific

Australia and New Zealand have a historic bond with neighbouring Small Island Developing States, sharing the common interest of a peaceful and prosperous region. 

Fairtrade ANZ works with both producers and consumers in these countries to pursue our joint vision of a thriving future.

Fairtrade is enabling commodities grown by small-scale Pacific producers, including coffee, cocoa, coconuts, vanilla and sugar, to reach highly competitive international markets.

In 2015, more than 40,000 Pacific smallholders benefited from Fairtrade. This number continues to grow as more farming groups become part of Fairtrade. Coffee, cocoa, vanilla, sugar and other commodities can reach highly competitive international markets.

Fairtrade ANZ’s work in the Pacific region started in 2006, providing certification advice to a very small number of producer organisations that were part of Fairtrade at the time. Since then, Australian and New Zealand consumers’ support for Fairtrade farmers and workers has increased, as well as their interest in ethically sourced Pacific- grown products. In response, Fairtrade ANZ has scaled up the level of support given to producers in the region, with a tailored and innovative approach.

Producer support includes:

  • Giving guidance on certification requirements
  • Developing partnerships with national and international support agencies
  • Encouraging business investment
  • Providing access to the Fairtrade market
  • Promoting Pacific producers’ participation in the international Fairtrade system. 

Fairtrade ANZ launched its partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in 2011. This partnership has enable the organization to develop and strengthen its Producer Support and Relations (PSR) project through which services to producers in the region are delivered. Three years later Fairtrade ANZ launched its partnership with the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). This is enabling the project to deepen its work. The PSR project is also currently supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Fairtrade International and the Network of Asia and Pacific Producers.

The PSR team currently works in Papua New Guinea, East Timor and the Pacific Islands, supporting producers to develop strong and resilient producer organizations and businesses. The central objective is sustainable development of their communities. The team gives guidance and training on certification requirements, helping producers to access Fairtrade markets. It facilitates relationships with buyers, liaises with support agencies and promotes the development of the regional network.

Need some more information?

Check out these infographics that provide an overview of Fairtrade ANZ's key accomplishments of the over the past 5 years, as well as specific developments on the ground in Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, and Papua New Guinea.

Samoa

Fiji

Papua New Guinea

Tonga

Fairtrade in the Pacific - the past 5 years