From education to eye-care, to micro-lending, mobile libraries and soccer fields, the Fairtrade Development Premium (FDP) is helping to transform farming communities across South Africa. In 2015, Fairtrade producers in South Africa recorded receiving ZAR 21,594,760.13* benefitting 234 projects in their respective farming communities. The funds were used for the implementation of social projects directly benefitting over 6000 beneficiaries. Families and communities indirectly impacted are estimated to be over 30 000 with a potential reach of 50 000.
In addition to the Fairtrade Social and Environmental Standards, the FDP sets Fairtrade apart from other sustainable certification systems. It is an empowerment tool used to improve equality and sustainability in the agricultural sector. Producers plough this extra sum of money back into their communities to improve livelihoods, building structures, access to health care and develop any other projects which are annually democratically decided upon by the beneficiaries.
Between April 2015 and May 2016 the FDP was used for a variety of projects, which were categorised into the brackets below. In depth descriptions can be found in the FDP report.
Each year beneficiaries are given the opportunity to propose needs within the community and can then democratically vote on projects to be funded by the FDP. As each community's needs differs, the variety of projects vary from annual excursions to mobile clinics, catering to the diverse needs that bring forth different benefits.