This review synthesises results from 45 recently published studies to assess the impacts of Fairtrade certification for smallholder producer groups and workers in hired labour organisations.
Some key findings are:
- “Fairtrade Minimum Prices act as a safety net providing varied direct price benefits to certified producers depending on trends in market prices.”
- “Contextual factors such as existing land distribution patterns, national labour laws and social gender norms affect the nature and degree of Fairtrade impacts in different producer markets and communities.”
- “Fairtrade certification in hired labour situations has enabled a cost-efficient expansion of positive Fairtrade effects on labour conditions in agricultural sectors previously closed to third party inspection, and where exploitative labour relations have previously flourished.”
- “Qualitative studies show considerable benefits from the Fairtrade Premium to certified small producers and workers in hired labour situations.”
- “Studies show positive effects of Fairtrade certification on improved management and organisation of co-operatives or producer groups. In some cases this may be partly due to organisational strengthening support from other sources.”
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