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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    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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    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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