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Monitoring the Scope and Benefits of Fairtrade

This report, now in its Sixth Edition, gives the results of the 2013 monitoring data collection from Fairtrade certified producer organizations. It presents the scope and scale of Fairtrade in 2013, 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.

Fairtrade Cotton: Assessing Impact in Mali, Senegal, Cameroon and India

2012 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 to Fairtrade's impact on poverty reduction through rural development

2012 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 

Cocoa commodity briefing

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.

Fairtrade's impact on poverty reduction through rural development

2012 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.

An Evaluation of Fairtrade Impact on Smallholders and Workers in the Banana Sector in northern Colombia

2014 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. 

Improving conditions in tea plantations in Assam

We all love a hot cup of tea but do you ever stop to think about where the tea that goes into making your favourite brew comes from? Take a look at the back of your pack of tea bags next time you make a cuppa and, more likely than not, you will find mention of Assam. Assam is a remote area of Northern India that produces some of the finest black tea in the world. Tea from Assam is prized for its strong robust flavours which is why so many of the biggest tea brands in the UK use it in their blends. In Assam most tea is produced on large plantations or estates and picked by employed workers. It is also grown on small plots of land by smallholder farmers who sell their freshly-plucked green leaf to plantations or tea factories for processing into black tea. We started working in Assam more than 20 years ago and today there are 10 Fairtrade certified plantations across the region. Like so many of the areas in which Fairtrade operates Assam is not without its challenges with decreasing productivity, static market prices, low worker wages and poor living conditions among the issues it faces. While Fairtrade is making progress on improving the situation for workers and their families on Fairtrade certified tea estates in Assam much more needs to be done. The challenges are incredibly complicated but Fairtrade is committed to making a difference. In 2018 we will be producing a new strategy for Assam which will set out how Fairtrade will drive improvements in working and living conditions as well as wages.  As part of this strategy we will be running a multi-year programme on the ground, working directly with plantation workers and management, to improve plantation productivity as well as the livelihoods of workers. To inform our programme strategy we wanted to know exactly what was happening in Assam. So, working with Lab, an International Labour Organisation (ILO) project and key people from the tea industry, Fairtrade has produced a report which documents the significant issues affecting tea plantations in Assam, their workers and residents. There is no easy fix to the issues in Assam. Many have their roots in colonial times and are deeply entrenched. But it was precisely to tackle such problems, and to use trade to overcome poverty, inequality and economic hardship, that Fairtrade was established. There is a huge amount of work to be done and Fairtrade cannot do it alone. As part of our strategy we will look to engage all stakeholders involved in Assam tea, including tea brands and governments, to bring about the transformative change that is needed.

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