Workers from Kenya’s flower industry in the last month received Sh27.4 million in food and hygiene material support following the effects of Covid-19, which has drastically affected sector earnings.
The 8,550 workers are drawn from 17 of 46 flower farms certified under the Fairtrade label in Kenya.
As Fairtrade farms, the growers receive a premium of 10 per cent on top of the minimum price for every stem or bunch sold based on FOB (free on board) price.
Customarily, Fairtrade Premium has invested in healthcare, education and other social projects that benefit flower farm workers and their surrounding communities.
However, in the wake of COVID-19 and the emergence of hunger as a key concern for workers who are now unable to afford a regular meal, the majority of Fairtrade certified flower farms have chosen to re-direct Fairtrade Premium towards the provision of food and hygiene items to workers.