Fairtrade Research and Publications


  • Implementing Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence - Traders

  • Implementing Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence - Plantations

  • Guidebook: Implementing Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence - Farmer Cooperatives

  • 2022 Annual Report

  • Impact of Fairtrade on flower workers and market access of flower farms in East Africa

  • A Fair Price for Human Rights Due Diligence

All Publications

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    Involvement and working conditions of youth in sugar cane cutting in Belize - 2018

    Published: 27 Jul 2018

    This study, commissioned by Fairtrade International and undertaken with the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, has two purposes. Firstly, it aims to research an understudied aspect of sugar cane production in order to better understand the experience of youth cutting sugar cane, defined in this study as persons ...

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    5 years later – Fairtrade's contribution to rural development

    Published: 23 May 2018

    With the CEval study of 2018, data could be collected that previously did not exist in Fairtrade: the long-term rural development of small farmer organizations and plantations. Over a period of 5 years, researchers have demonstrated that Fairtrade empowers farmers by stabilizing their economic situation and sustainably ...

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

    Published: 9 Apr 2018

    Fairtrade International commissioned True Price, with the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) and GeoTraceability, to carry out baseline research with smallholder cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire. The study identifies sources of income for cocoa households and calculates an average household income, as well as ...

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    2016-17 annual report: Creating innovations, scaling up impact

    Published: 12 Oct 2017

    Our 2016-17 annual report was presented as a microsite, and provides an overview of key Fairtrade activities and statistics. Visit the 2016-2017 annual report microsite "April marked the 20th anniversary of Fairtrade International. Over the past two decades, Fairtrade has gone from being a small niche initiative to a ...

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    The impact of Fairtrade: A review of research evidence 2009-2015

    Published: 1 Sep 2017

    Fairtrade International commissioned the Overseas Development Institute to conduct an in-depth review of recent research to find out to what extent Fairtrade is contributing towards its intended impacts. This review synthesizes results from 45 studies published between 2009 and 2015. It offers comprehensive insights into ...

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    Assessing coffee farmer household income

    Published: 13 Jun 2017

    Fairtrade worked with social enterprise True Price on an assessment of coffee farmer household income in seven producer countries: Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. This research allows Fairtrade to build up knowledge on measuring farmer household income. It will also inform discussions across ...

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    Baseline for assessing the impact of Fairtrade certification on cocoa farmers and cooperatives in Ghana

    Published: 18 Apr 2017

    Fairtrade International and Fairtrade Africa commissioned the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Bioversity International to carry out baseline research with smallholder cocoa farmers and their cooperative unions in Ghana. The baseline will form a framework for stakeholder engagement and improved intervention design, ...

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    Monitoring the scope and benefits of Fairtrade – eighth edition – 2016

    Published: 11 Apr 2017

    Our 2016 monitoring report was presented as a microsite. Visit the 2016 monitoring report microsite "In this report you will find a rich variety of data and charts about Fairtrade’s work across different products and regions. Behind the figures there are human stories like Freddy’s. These stories exemplify how Fairtrade is ...

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    Does fair trade change society? Executive summary: final report

    Published: 2 Mar 2017

    This study was conducted by research institute CEval between September 2015 and September 2016, on behalf of TransFair e.V. (Fairtrade Germany), Engagement Global, Brot für die Welt, Forum Fairer Handel und MISEREOR, with financial support from the Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung. It examines the impact of fair trade in Germany ...

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    Gender strategy 2016-2020: Transforming equal opportunity, access and benefits for all

    Published: 20 Dec 2016

    The Fairtrade Gender Strategy seeks to attain gender equality and women’s empowerment in producer organizations through building women’s and girls’ power and agency. The strategy aims to deliver a transformative approach to gender mainstreaming in the Fairtrade system.

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