How Fair Trade Has Made a Difference
Community Investment: Sugarcane producers receive regular cash bonuses for their production. Because sugar prices tend to be low, sugarcane farmers often must rely on other forms of income to supplement their sugar revenues. But Fair Trade has given Coopecañera farmers the opportunity to invest all of their time in sugar production, because farmers receive cash bonuses that supplement the local market prices for sugar. The cooperative allocates 20 percent of its additional income received through Fair Trade sales to this bonus program.