Fairtrade Research and Publications


  • Supporting Fairtrade Farmers and Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic - 2021 Survey results

  • Fairtrade position and recommendations on deforestation regulation

  • Cocoa farmer income: The household income of Fairtrade cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and strategies for improvement

  • How does Fairtrade mitigate violations in global supply chains?

  • Women's access, equity and empowerment: Progress and uptake of the Fairtrade gender strategy

All Publications

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    A Fair Price for Human Rights Due Diligence

    Published: 9 Dec 2022

    Human rights underpin Fairtrade’s vision of a world in which all producers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods, fulfil their potential and decide on their future. This study seeks to find out the extent to which Fairtrade’s interventions reduce human rights harms in global supply chains and can contribute to the ...

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    Fairtrade certification and producer resilience in times of crises

    Published: 18 Oct 2022

    Small-scale farmers are increasingly faced with three concurrent crises: (1) COVID-19, (2) climate change, and (3) financial crises, including inflation affecting both farm and household expenses and falling commodity prices. In this context, resilience is more vital than ever to achieve sustainable livelihoods. This ...

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    2021-2022 Annual Report

    Published: 12 Oct 2022

    Resilience is more important than ever. Our annual report reflects on the progress of the past year, which brought farmers and workers €190 million in Fairtrade Premium despite the onoing pandemic, rising costs, and effects of climate change. "Now, we are proud to support the next generation of sustainability leaders. And ...

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    Implementing Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence

    Published: 3 Aug 2022

    The guidebook, titled Implementing Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence: Why and how to align your policies and processes with HREDD, is a global first that aims to strengthen the position of farmers and workers in global supply chains and arm them with the know-how to influence companies on HREDD practices and ...

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    Assessing the Impact of Fairtrade on Poverty Reduction and Economic Resilience through Rural Development

    Published: 10 Jun 2022

    Fairtrade Germany and Fairtrade Austria commissioned Mainlevel Consulting to implement an applied research project that aims at identifying the contribution of Fairtrade on poverty reduction through rural development. The research assesses Fairtrade’s contribution across four different sustainability dimensions – economic ...

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    Evaluation and baseline research with small producer organizations producing Fairtrade sugar: Belize country report

    Published: 3 Jun 2022

    RMI Services Ltd. (RMI) and Overseas Development Institute (ODI) conducted research to measure the impact of Fairtrade certification and other Fairtrade interventions on sugar production by small-scale farmers in Belize. Using a multi-strategy research design, using both quantitative and qualitative data collection ...

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    Exploring Fairtrade's Impact: A review of research on Fairtrade from 2015-2020

    Published: 27 May 2022

    We commissioned an independent review of recent studies to gain a comprehensive picture of the extent and depth of our impact in the areas we aim to influence that ultimately drive benefits for farmers and workers. Researchers reviewed 151 studies that related to important areas of our global strategy and the theory of ...

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    Tracking Fairtrade's Impact: results of household surveys with banana, cocoa and coffee farmers

    Published: 20 May 2022

    Fairtrade collected a broad set of data between 2016 and 2018 to get a snapshot of Fairtrade's impact for farmers and certified cooperatives (known as small-scale producer organizations or SPOs). The aims were: To measure benefits of Fairtrade at the household, producer organization and community levels -- according to ...

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    Monitoring the scope and benefits of Fairtrade: Overview - Monitoring Report, 13th Edition

    Published: 13 May 2022

    This report summarizes data on Fairtrade certified organizations, farmers and workers, production, and Fairtrade Premium earned across all products during 2020. For instance, 1,880 Fairtrade producer organizations representing more than 1.9 million farmers and workers earned more than €191 million in 2020. Regional ...

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    Monitoring the scope and benefits of Fairtrade: Latin American and Caribbean region - Monitoring report, 13th Edition

    Published: 13 May 2022

    This report includes 2020 monitoring data for the Latin America and Caribbean region, as well as results of producer surveys.Producer organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean make up about half of all Fairtrade certified organizations worldwide: by the end of 2020, there were 950 Fairtrade producer organizations in ...

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