Fairtrade Carbon Credits: Supporting smallholders in their fight against climate change

Climate change is having an enormous impact on millions of smallholder farmers around the globe, including the 1.5 million Fairtrade producers in developing countries. Extremes of temperature and rainfall combined with a sharp increase in pests and diseases not only make planning when to sow and harvest difficult, it puts their very livelihoods at risk. Farmers are telling us that they quickly need more support to get the skills and finance they need to adapt to the changing climate, while also doing their part to reduce their own emissions.


The Cool Farm Tool: Driving sustainability in supply chains

Agriculture contributes significantly to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and often the largest release of emissions is not in the factory, on the road or from the packaging, but from the farm where the raw agricultural ingredients are produced.

How can supply chains address this?

As more and more companies analyze and report on their GHG emissions, supply chain emissions have grown in both focus and importance. GHG abatement measures are available and many provide multiple benefits beyond climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Building bridges for the future we want

In 2015, several international policy processes have geared up to reach historical agreements. The countdown began with the Sendai global framework for disaster risk reduction in March and continued in July with the Addis Ababa Agenda for Action on financing sustainable development. Now, countries are meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York to agree on a set of post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).