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 cotton: Assessing impact in Mali, Senegal, Cameroon and India

    Published: 11 Jan 2013

    Since 2004 Fairtrade has been tackling the inequality of the global cotton trade. This report presents the challenges faced by Fairtrade in targeting the small farmers at the very end of a long and complex supply chain. However it also highlights the difference that Fairtrade has made to small farming communities so far ...

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    2011-12 annual report: For producers, with producers

    Published: 4 Sep 2012

    Our annual report for 2011-12 provides an overview of key Fairtrade activities and statistics. “Fairtrade is a change agent. It promotes a new way of being. And it works because it’s about involving people throughout the whole system in deciding on and making this change.” – Raúl del Águila, one of four producer ...

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    Assessing the impact of Fairtrade for Peruvian cocoa farmers

    Published: 1 Jul 2012

    The aim of this study by the Institute of Natural Resources is evaluating the impact of Fairtrade cocoa in Peru. As Fairtrade is currently evolving very quickly, Fairtrade International is trying to understand whether Fairtrade tools have had a (positive or negative, expected or unexpected) impact on small cocoa farmers ...

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    A new workers' rights strategy for Fairtrade

    Published: 20 Jun 2012

    The vision of our new workers’ rights strategy is for workers to have the power to affect the decisions that impact their lives. We want to move beyond the traditional CSR paradigm of social compliance based on standard-setting and auditing. While audits are a tool, Fairtrade’s focus should be to help build the ...

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    Fairtrade and coffee – 2012

    Published: 31 May 2012

    An estimated 1.6 billion cups of coffee are drunk worldwide every day. In this briefing you can find out about how the coffee beans reach your cup, what kinds of challenges coffee farmers face and how Fairtrade can make a difference.

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    Monitoring the scope and benefits of Fairtrade – third edition – 2011

    Published: 10 Jan 2012

    This report gives the results of the annual monitoring data collection from Fairtrade certified producer organizations which took place during 2010. It presents the scope and scale of Fairtrade in 2010, and gives data for some key Fairtrade performance indicators from a producer perspective. The information generated ...

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    Food miles and Fairtrade: How does the current ‘food miles’ concept disconnect consumers from disadvantaged producers?

    Published: 30 Nov 2011

    ‘Food miles’ refers to the distance that food travels from producer to consumer, from ‘farm to fork’. This paper explains the Fairtrade perspective that the current 'food miles' concept is an unreliable guide for consumers who want to make an ethical choice when shopping.

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    Fairtrade and cocoa – 2011

    Published: 31 Aug 2011

    50 million people globally depend on cocoa for their livelihoods. This briefing provides a detailed overview on the growers, buyers, consumers and market complexities.

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    2010-11 annual report: Challenge and opportunity

    Published: 10 Jun 2011

    Our annual report for 2010-11 provides an overview of key Fairtrade activities and statistics. 2010 was a year of challenge, yet at the same time one of achievements. Fairtrade sales remain resilient despite the economic downturn in many of our established markets, demonstrating once again the attractiveness of Fairtrade ...

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    Poverty reduction and trade: Fairtrade as a vehicle to combat poverty

    Published: 28 May 2011

    This paper looks at the obstacles faced by producers from developing countries on the international trading market and how the Fairtrade system can support them and help combat poverty through development.

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