Bananas are one of the most-consumed fruits in the world. For many, it would be difficult to imagine a breakfast without them. Yet, as production costs and costs of living in banana-producing countries continue to rise, banana prices have failed to keep up and consumers continue to enjoy the fruits at relatively low cost. At the bottom of the supply chain, wages for many workers remain so low that they fail to meet a decent standard of living.
Global Living Wage Coalition members, and in particular, the Rainforest Alliance, FairTrade International, Social Accountability International, and Sustainable Agriculture Network have been working in close collaboration with workers representatives, farms, the World Banana Forum, IDH, supply chain actors, governments, and others to better understand wage gaps in banana supply chains and pilot holistic approaches to close them.
Rural Ecuador Living Wage Benchmark Study
The Living Wage Benchmark work in Ecuador is supported by Fairtrade International, the World Banana Forum, and IDH through funding and facilitation of the study. The study will cover banana and coffee producing areas of Ecuador as part of a larger prject to address living wage in banana supply chains. This study is complete and in stakeholder validation.
Belize Living Wage Benchmark Study
The Living Wage Benchmark work in Belize is supported by Rainforest Alliance, IDH, and Fyffes through funding and facilitation of the study, and as part of a larger project to address living wage in banana supply chains. The study will cover banana producing areas of Belize, using the agriculture industry and banana sector as context.