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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    Fairtrade and cotton – 2015

    Published: 31 Mar 2015

    Millions of small-scale farmers in developing countries depend on cotton for their livelihoods. This briefing from the Fairtrade Foundation provides an industry overview, and explores why Fairtrade is needed and what it can achieve.

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    Sugar crash: How EU reform is endangering the livelihoods of small farmers

    Published: 28 Feb 2015

    An end to the European Union’s quota system for ACP countries could push 200,000 people into poverty by 2020. For many of these people dependent on income from sugar, the end of quotas combined with falling sugar prices could create a dire situation. Fairtrade is calling on the EU to convene and lead an initiative that ...

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    Assessing the benefits of Fairtrade orange juice for Brazilian small farmers

    Published: 1 Oct 2014

    Fairtrade orange juice has been on the Fairtrade market for almost 15 years with the majority coming from Fairtrade farmers in Brazil. This study by BSD Consulting of Brazil assesses the impact of Fairtrade for growers' cooperatives in Brazil. Three groups were selected in the major orange producing regions of Brazil. ...

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    A seat at the table? Ensuring smallholder farmers are heard in public-private partnerships

    Published: 30 Sep 2014

    Governments and NGOs are increasingly partnering with the private sector to tackle global hunger and poverty, but this study from the Fairtrade Foundation warns that far from being a silver bullet, some agricultural public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Africa appear to prioritize commercial interests while ignoring the ...

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    Monitoring the scope and benefits of Fairtrade – fifth edition – 2013

    Published: 11 Jun 2014

    This report gives the results of the annual monitoring data collection from Fairtrade certified producer organizations which took place during 2012. It presents the scope and scale of Fairtrade in 2012, and gives data for some key Fairtrade performance indicators from a producer perspective. The report also captures the ...

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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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