Fairtrade in Fiji
Fairtrade ANZ works with three producer organisations in Fiji farming sugarcane and ginger. Our work is focussed on improving the sustainability of farming practices and building capacity of farmer groups in areas like governance, gender equality and child safety.
The Republic of Fiji is an archipelago of 322 islands in the South Pacific Ocean around 2,000km north-west of Auckland. Its population of around 920,000, mostly live on the two main islands: Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
Despite being one of the more developed of the Pacific Island economies, Fiji is still a developing country with almost a quarter of its people living below the poverty line. It has a large subsistence agriculture sector.
Fiji’s economy is largely sustained by tourism and agriculture but these sectors have been deeply impacted by both COVID-19, and a series of natural disasters like Cyclones Winston (2016) and Yasi (2020) which devastated crops and infrastructure.
Fiji faces huge environmental problems associated with climate change, urbanisation and exploitation of marine resources. The country is increasingly susceptible to flooding and degradation of land resources.