Fairtrade Research and Publications


  • Impact of Fairtrade on flower workers and market access of flower farms in East Africa

  • A Fair Price for Human Rights Due Diligence

  • Fairtrade certification and producer resilience in times of crises

  • 2021-2022 Annual Report

  • Assessing the Impact of Fairtrade on Poverty Reduction and Economic Resilience through Rural Development

  • Supporting Fairtrade Farmers and Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic - 2021 Survey results

All Publications

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    Women's access, equity and empowerment: Progress and uptake of the Fairtrade gender strategy

    Published: 10 Dec 2020

    This study was commissioned to assess progress on the Fairtrade Gender Strategy 2016-2020, which seeks to build women's equality through three goals: Access and inclusion: Significantly increase the active and equal participation of women in Fairtrade certified smallholder and hired labour organizations; Empowerment and ...

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    2019-2020 Annual Report

    Published: 8 Dec 2020

    Our annual report for 2019-2020 highlights Fairtrade's impact for more than 1.7 million farmers and workers around the world. Focusing on key metrics from 2019, innovative programmes, and timely research, the report presents our work on five strategic priorities: building benefits for farmers and workers, deepening impact ...

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    Fairtrade certified tea in the hired labour sector in India and Sri Lanka: Impact study and baseline data collection

    Published: 20 Nov 2020

    Fairtrade International commissioned this study to better understand Fairtrade’s impact for tea plantations and workers in India and Sri Lanka, in advance of a review of the product-specific Fairtrade Standard for Tea. Researchers from ISS jointly with Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Thiruvananthapuram, India; Centre ...

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    Promoting living incomes in the cocoa sector: Policy options for consumer countries

    Published: 18 Nov 2020

    The case for delivering living incomes in the cocoa sector has been made extensively by Fairtrade, amongst many others. A living income is a basic human right. It enables farmers to secure the basic necessities of life, and from there, to sustain production in harmony with the natural environment and address systemic ...

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    Fairtrade - Partnering for Impact

    Published: 29 Oct 2020

    We acknowledge that we cannot achieve our vision through certification alone. For this reason, Fairtrade complements its certification services with a range of tailored programmes, empowering farmers and workers to tackle their organizational and development challenges. Through strategic partnerships with private ...

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    Monitoring the scope and benefits of Fairtrade: Overview - Monitoring report, 11th Edition

    Published: 23 Oct 2020

    This report includes data on the number of Fairtrade certified organizations, farmers and workers, and Fairtrade Premium earned across all products for the year 2018. The most recent product specific data can be found under

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    Fairtrade West Africa Cocoa Programme Monitoring Report, First Edition

    Published: 3 Jun 2020

    Fairtrade launched the West Africa Cocoa Programme in 2016, seeking to build strong and viable Fairtrade small-scale producer organizations that are responsive to their members’ and business partners’ needs. Well-managed and democratically run producer organizations are better placed to build long-term relationships with ...

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    Fairtrade Living Income Progress Report

    Published: 9 Apr 2020

    Achieving living incomes for Fairtrade producers is at the heart of our mission and at the top of our agenda. In 2017, Fairtrade developed its Living Income Strategy, with a roadmap for making tangible progress towards living incomes. During the past year, Fairtrade has made important strides in moving the Living Income ...

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    Monitoring the scope and benefits of Fairtrade: Cotton - Monitoring report, 10th Edition

    Published: 3 Mar 2020

    Cotton farmers in developing countries wield little power or influence. With high levels of illiteracy and limited land holdings, many cotton farmers live below the poverty line and depend on the middlemen or ginners who buy their cotton, often at prices below the cost of production. Rising costs of production, fluctuating ...

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    Fairtrade Producer Satisfaction Survey

    Published: 17 Jan 2020

    This report summarizes the results of a survey of Fairtrade certified producer organizations about their satisfaction with the support services provided by the three regional Fairtrade producer networks. The Fairtrade producer networks are regional associations that Fairtrade producer organizations may join if they wish. ...

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