Fairtrade France has launched a €1 million project funded by the French Development Agency and French supermarket chain Carrefour aimed at supporting environmentally friendly practices and promoting gender equality across organic Fairtrade banana supply chains. This will involve supporting 11 small farmers’ organisations over a three-year period in the Dominican Republic and Peru. The Dominican Republic is the largest producer of organic bananas worldwide; Peru accounts for around one fifth of global production. In both countries, bananas are predominantly produced by small scale farmers organised into cooperative organizations or associations.
The project should address challenges to the sustainability of organic Fairtrade banana production in both countries, principally to increase the resilience of small producers to climate change, while also promoting women’s empowerment and supporting the younger generation to take over banana farming from the older generation.