Our Results

Fairtrade Africa Performance Report

In 2013 Fairtrade Africa completed its first internal performance report. The report captured Fairtrade Africa’s achievements between 2010 and 2013 and our progress towards our strategic objectives.  It also documented member feedback on our service delivery. To read the performance reports please follow the link here.

FTA Project, Programme & Product Results

For every ongoing project Fairtrade Africa conducts a baseline study, a mid-term internal evaluation and an externally commissioned project evaluation on completion of the project.  To see results from our ongoing projects please see below.

Access to Finance In 2013 Shared Interest Foundation and Fairtrade Africa received funding from Comic Relief for a two-year project called Access to Finance. This project is being implemented in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and Côte D’Ivoire and builds on previous work which was also supported by Comic Relief under the Special Initiatives grant. In 2013 90 Producer organizations across Africa (both Fairtrade and non-Fairtrade WFTO certified.) were trained on financial management and Sources of Finance. Of these 29 were selected for further business mentoring where they received needs-based training with a professional consultant. As a result GBP £947,000 was disbursed in loans from Shared Interest Foundation in 2013 to fund loans from producer organizations in Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. To learn more about our Year one project results please follow the link here.

Expanding Fairtrade Gold to Africa In 2012 Fairtrade Africa, alongside ARM, Solidaridad and Fairtrade Foundation launched the ‘Extending Fairtrade Gold to Africa’ project. The project aims to build the capacity of 1100 artisanal gold miners in 9 ASMOs (Artisanal Small Scale Mining organizations) in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya to reach Fairtrade certification.  So far the project has, through its local support organizations (LSOs), run a series of trainings on child labour, the safer handling of mercury, workplace safety, formation and registration, governance, and gender empowerment to a total of 405 ASMO representatives to reach out to the miners taking part in the programme. FTA has also facilitated three exchange visits, one to see a Fairtrade Coffee organization and two miner exchange visits, providing ASMOs the opportunity to see how Fairtrade works in practice and to see how other mining organizations run their operations. ADAPTEA In 2013 Fairtrade Africa launched a climate adaptation programme Adaptea in partnership with VISkogen and Fairtrade International. It was funded by NCF. The project launched officially in May 2013 and will support smallholder tea farmers through 21 producer organizations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda to adapt to climate change challenges in the tea sector through adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Practices (SALM.) In 2013 the project trained 1948 farmers on SALM practices. 17 Small Producer Organizations have received Risk and Organziational assessments and developed capacity development plans to respond to climate change risks.

 Externally Commissioned Research

Every year Fairtrade commissions external research institutions to conduct research on two or three focal areas. Baseline for Assessing the Impact of Fairtrade Certification on Cocoa Farmers and Cooperatives in Ghana (7.1MB PDF) Fairtrade International and Fairtrade Africa commissioned the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Bioversity International to carry out baseline research with smallholder cocoa farmers and their cooperative unions in Ghana. The baseline will form a framework for stakeholder engagement and improved intervention design, to inform Fairtrade’s work in West Africa. A similar study was carried out in Côte d’Ivoire, which will be published later in 2017. Study Results at a Glance (0.5MB PDF) Below are a list of links to all the research commissioned by the Fairtrade system that took place in Africa.

Branching Out: Fairtrade in Malawi – 2013 (5MB PDF)

Taking Root: Fairtrade in Malawi – 2011 (3MB PDF) The international Fairtrade system has commissioned a long-term study on the effects of Fairtrade on five organizations in Malawi, a Least Developed Country. These research papers highlight the social and economic effects of Fairtrade while recognising the challenges ahead if it is to deepen its impact. The third part of this study will be released in 2015. The assessment was carried out by the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich in collaboration with the Malawi Fairtrade Network, Fairtrade Africa and the Fairtrade Foundation, UK.

Assessing the Impact of Fairtrade on Poverty Reduction through Rural development – full report – 2012 (PDF 1MB)

Response from TransFair Germany and Max Havelaar Foundation Switzerland On occasion of the 20th anniversary of both TransFair Germany and the Max Havelaar Foundation (Switzerland), the two organizations jointly commissioned a study that provides insight to the question if and how Fairtrade impacts on poverty reduction through rural development. The study employs an ambitious design with target and control groups and presents findings from an extensive qualitative and quantitative data analysis based on six case studies of six different producer organizations in South America, Africa and Asia. With its specific focus on rural development, the study provides useful insights onto the impact of Fairtrade beyond the level of producer organizations.

Fairtrade Cotton: Assessing Impact in Mali, Senegal, Cameroon and India – 2011 (PDF 3MB)

Summary of report Since 2004 Fairtrade has been tackling the inequality of the global cotton trade. This report presents the challenges faced by Fairtrade in targeting the small farmers at the very end of a long and complex supply chain. However it also highlights the difference that Fairtrade has made to small farming communities so far and provides recommendations on how Fairtrade cotton can fulfil its potential in the future.

Partnership for Prosperity – 2011 (PDF 6MB)

A partnership between Fairtrade International and the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) is helping build local capacity. Fairtrade International liaison officers and SNV work to develop Fairtrade value chains with high market potential. As a result of the partnership, numerous farming communities in eleven African countries now benefit from expanded market access, increased production, employment and income, as well as broader social progress and greater control over their future.

Fairtrade Tea: Early Impacts in Malawi – 2010 (PDF 7MB)

This paper marks the first stage of a longer-term study to assess the impact of Fairtrade in the tea sector in Malawi.

Impact of Fairtrade in South Africa – 2010 (PDF 5MB)

This briefing paper explores the impact of Fairtrade on five Fairtrade-certified Producer Organizations in South Africa selling citrus, table grapes, wine grapes, wine, apples, pears and raisins.

The Last Ten Years: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature on the Impact of Fairtrade – 2009 (PDF)

Fairtrade sales have increased dramatically over the past years. In line with this growth there is increasing demand to measure and demonstrate the difference that Fairtrade has for producers, workers and their families. This paper is a review of the published literature on Fairtrade’s impact, commissioned by the Fairtrade Foundation and conducted by Natural Resources Institute in 2009.