The Last Ten Years: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature on the Impact of Fairtrade

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Commissioned by the Fairtrade Foundation and conducted by Natural Resources Institute
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This report is one of the very few resources that systematically analyzes the impacts of any Fair Trade system for producers. After noting that evidence is relatively scarce for evaluating the impacts of Fairtrade Labelling Organization’s (FLO’s) Fair Trade system, the study finds mixed results on economic, environmental and social goals.

The study draws from 23 reports covering 33 case studies, mostly about coffee producers in Latin America, in reviewing all literature published by academics or development agencies on the local impacts of FLO’s Fairtrade system.