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

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    Fairtrade cocoa in West Africa

    Published: 6 Jun 2014

    Fairtrade cocoa farmers in West Africa are investing in their farms, crop infrastructure and communities – but they need deeper, long-term partnerships to drive change. Thus concludes the report ‘Fairtrade Cocoa in West Africa’ released by Fairtrade International and Fairtrade Africa.

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    An evaluation of Fairtrade impact on smallholders and workers in the banana sector in northern Colombia

    Published: 4 Apr 2014

    Fairtrade bananas have been on the market for nearly 19 years and are one of the most successful Fairtrade products in many markets – up to 50 percent market share in some countries. The study by CODER assesses the impact of Fairtrade for banana farmers in small producer organizations and workers on plantations in ...

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    Assessing the impacts of Fairtrade on worker-defined forms of empowerment on Ecuadorian flower plantations

    Published: 14 Feb 2014

    Over the past ten years, flowers have become a major product category for Fairtrade. In 2012, 536 million Fairtrade flower stems were sold. This report by independent researcher Angus Lyall summarizes the results of a series of workshops held with workers on three Fairtrade-certified flower farms in Ecuador. It confirms ...

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    What can we learn from the banana experience in Colombia? Study of industrial relations on Fairtrade certified farms in the Urabá region

    Published: 11 Sep 2013

    This study was commissioned by Fairtrade International in order to learn from the progress made on workers’ rights on banana farms in the Urabá region of Colombia.

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    2012-13 annual report: Unlocking the power

    Published: 3 Sep 2013

    Our annual report for 2012-2013 provides an overview of key Fairtrade activities and statistics. “For the past 25 years, we have taken the vision of the pioneering fair traders to the wider public, directly reaching over 1.3 million smallholders and workers. The model has been shown to work; now we need to take it wider. ...

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    Branching out: Fairtrade in Malawi – monitoring the impact of Fairtrade on five certified organisations

    Published: 18 Jun 2013

    The international Fairtrade system has commissioned a long-term study on the effects of Fairtrade on five organizations in Malawi, a Least Developed Country. These research papers highlight the social and economic effects of Fairtrade while recognising the challenges ahead if it is to deepen its impact. The assessment ...

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    Powering up smallholder farmers to make food fair: A five point agenda

    Published: 11 May 2013

    Seventy percent of the world’s food is produced by 500 million smallholder farmers; this group also represents half of the world’s hungry people. On World Fair Trade Day 2013, Fairtrade International released this report calling for urgent action to support smallholder farmers.

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    Monitoring the scope and benefits of Fairtrade – fourth edition – 2012

    Published: 2 May 2013

    This report gives the results of the annual monitoring data collection from Fairtrade certified producer organizations which took place during 2011. It presents the scope and scale of Fairtrade in 2011, and gives data for some key Fairtrade performance indicators from a producer perspective. This year, for the first time, ...

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    Assessing the impact of Fairtrade on poverty reduction through rural development

    Published: 27 Mar 2013

    On occasion of the 20th anniversary of both TransFair Germany and the Max Havelaar Foundation (Switzerland), the two organizations jointly commissioned a study that provides insight to the question if and how Fairtrade impacts on poverty reduction through rural development. The study employs an ambitious design with ...

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    Fairtrade and sugar – 2013

    Published: 31 Jan 2013

    Sugar is one of the world's most valuable commodities. In this briefing the Fairtrade Foundation has brought together many facts and figures on the history of sugar, today's market and stakeholders, and the role that Fairtrade plays in supporting sugar cane producers.

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