Fairtrade Research and Publications


  • 2023 Annual Report

  • Monitoring the scope and benefits of Fairtrade: Overview - Monitoring Report, 15th Edition

  • Fairtrade West Africa Cocoa Programme Monitoring Report, Fourth Edition

  • Life cycle assessment of cut roses: Analysing the environmental impacts of Fairtrade (Kenya) and conventional (Netherlands) production systems

  • Fairtrade Living Income - Progress Report 2023

  • Supporting shared responsibility: Fairtrade human rights and environmental due diligence report

All Publications

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    Fairtrade and cocoa – 2016

    Published: 30 Apr 2016

    Around 50 million people globally depend on cocoa for their livelihoods, while governments in producing countries rely on earnings from cocoa to finance economic and social development programmes. This briefing from the Fairtrade Foundation offers an overview of the cocoa industry and explains why and how Fairtrade is ...

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    Fairtrade certification in the banana hired labour sector (baseline study)

    Published: 22 Apr 2016

    Fairtrade commissioned independent consultants LEI Wageningen UR to conduct this study to provide baseline data for future impact assessments. The study gathered data on a range of socio-economic indicators to assess the impact of Fairtrade certification on workers in the banana hired labour sector in the Dominican ...

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    Baseline study of Fairtrade Cotton in West Africa

    Published: 6 Apr 2016

    Fairtrade International commissioned Aidenvironment to collect data from farmers and producer organizations in Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal to measure the impact of Fairtrade on the cotton industry in West Africa. Fairtrade intends to follow this baseline study with an impact evaluation within the next years to measure ...

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    Results of the survey to assess the satisfaction of producer clients with the services of Fairtrade producer support staff (2015)

    Published: 11 Jan 2016

    Fairtrade International regularly surveys Fairtrade certified producers to determine their satisfaction with the services provided by producer support staff. Results from 2015 and 2012 are shared on this page.

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    Fairtrade and the carbon market

    Published: 27 Nov 2015

    Climate change is affecting small-scale farmers and rural communities now. Fairtrade's climate change strategy aims to support producers to adapt to climate change and reduce their carbon emissions, while ensuring technical and financial support without adding extra burden to producers. The Fairtrade Climate Standard aims ...

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    Monitoring the scope and benefits of Fairtrade – sixth edition – 2014

    Published: 16 Nov 2015

    This report gives the results of the 2013 monitoring data collection from Fairtrade certified producer organizations. It presents the scope and scale of Fairtrade in 2013, and gives data on key Fairtrade performance indicators – from a producer perspective. The report also captures the results of more detailed research ...

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    Sustainable Development Goals and Fairtrade: The case for partnership

    Published: 31 Oct 2015

    The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. The goals set the ambition of ending poverty “in all its forms, everywhere”, while leaving no-one behind. They represent a powerful opportunity to improve the lives of the 1.3 billion small scale farmers and agricultural workers ...

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    2014-15 annual report: Global change, local leadership

    Published: 3 Sep 2015

    Our 2014-15 annual report was presented as a microsite, and provides an overview of key Fairtrade activities and statistics. Visit the 2014-2015 annual report microsite "Over the past year, we’ve trained and supported thousands of farmers to develop climate adaptation strategies. We have also developed the first ever ...

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    Growing our cocoa, raising our voices: Participatory video research from Côte d’Ivoire - 2015

    Published: 21 Jul 2015

    Twenty-five women cocoa farmers from rural Côte d’Ivoire took part in a participatory film-making project, ‘Growing our Cocoa, Raising our Voices’, with support from Fairtrade and the Dutch research institution KIT. The women participated in four intensive days of training, where they learned filming and interviewing ...

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    Evaluation of Strategic Fairtrade Funding Programme Phase II (2010-2013) for Fairtrade International

    Published: 1 Jun 2015

    The first phase of the Strategic Fairtrade Funding Programme (SFFP) programme concluded successfully in 2009. The second phase ended in 2013. A final evaluation of SFFP phase II (2010-2013) was carried out by the Netherlands-based consultancy firm Aidenvironment, an organization known for its expertise in the area of ...

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