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This study was commissioned to investigate the ways in which workers on three Fairtrade-certified flower plantations in Ecuador understand and define ‘empowerment’ for themselves, their families, and their co-workers. The study attempts to understand to what extent Fairtrade has promoted these notions of empowerment.
This study assesses the impact of Fairtrade on cotton producers and their organisations in Mali, Senegal, Cameroon and India and presents the challenges faced by Fairtrade in targeting poor cotton farmers at the very end of a long and complex supply chain.
Response from the commissioning agencies TransFair Germany and Max Havelaar Foundation (Switzerland) to an Independent Impact Study on Fairtrade conducted by CEval - Assessing the Impact of Fairtrade on Poverty Reduction through Rural Development
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 offers an overview
of the cocoa industry and explores why Fairtrade is needed,
and what it can achieve.
This study illustrates how Fairtrade impacts on poverty reduction through rural development. Based on six case studies of six different producer organisations in South America, Africa and Asia, the study provides useful insights onto the impact of Fairtrade beyond the level of producer organisations.
This report gives the results of the 2014 monitoring data collection from Fairtrade certified producer organizations. It presents the scope and scale of Fairtrade in 2014, and gives data on key Fairtrade performance indicators—from a producer perspective. The report also captures the results of more detailed research about the impacts of Fairtrade.
A study on the impact of Fairtrade certification for banana-growing smallholders and their cooperatives in the Magdalena Department and for hired workers in banana plantations in the Urabá region, in northern Colombia.
Assessing the benefits of Fairtrade orange juice for Brazilian small-scale farmers.
Response from commissioning agencies Max Havelaar Foundation Netherlands and Max Havelaar Foundation (Switzerland) Utrecht / Basel, October 2014
Find answers to some of the questions that are frequently asked about Fairtrade.
Ever wondered how many farmers and workers are involved with Fairtrade? Or how the Fairtrade Premium is used? Here's a snapshot from our latest data.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.