In this page I try to gather the Fair Trade references which I have read. They are split in three groups: books, general studies and NGOs results reports.
The books will probably offer you far more information and insight into Fair Trade than other sources; the studies are usually done by scholars and the NGO reports highlight their achievements and economic results along the year. You can download most of this material from authoritative websites; however, I have some of those references also available for you, right here, just in case you are interested to have a look.
|Fighting the banana wars and other Fairtrade battles|
|By Harriet Lamb, Director of the Fairtrade Foundation. She refers her own experience among the
banana laborers poisoned by
chemicals, promoting Fair Trade bananas into the large UK market, getting the first certified cotton in India and many,
many other interesting stories from her extensive, first hand experience all over the world.
Ebury Press, 2008. 245 pages, ISBN 978-1-84-604083-2|
|Probably you already know Dean's Beans; well, its founder,
Dean Cycon embarked a trip around many coffee producing countries, meeting the most remote of the producers
and telling us of his first han experience. A mix of travelling, adventure and claim for justice.
Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007. 239 pages, ISBN 978-1-933392-70-7.|
|Brewing Justice - Fair Trade coffee, sustainability and survival|
|The author, Daniel Jafee, deeply focuses on the situation of a small coffee growing area in Mexico, where he collects
lots of data, direct experiences and farmer testimonies, having lived among them for a long period.
University of California Press, 2007. 331 pages, ISBN 978-0-520-24959-2.|
|Fair Trade - A beginner's guide|
|Really useful if this is your first contact with Fair Trade (also if it's your second, third...
Written by Jacqueline DeCarlo in 2007, 176 pages, ISBN 978-1-85168-521-9. The author runs a fantastic blog about Fair Trade,
|Fair Trade - The challenges of transforming globalization|
|The result of more than three years of work, coordinated by Colorado State University. A wealth of valuable content
presented in a collection of specific articles written by several authors. Edited by Laura T. Raynolds, Douglas, L. Murray and
John Wilkinson; published by Routledge, 2007, 240 pages, ISBN 978-0-415-77203-7.
|50 reasons to buy Fair Trade|
|Enjoy this walk across why we all should support Fair Trade. Lots and lots and lots of testimonies. Each one of the reasons depicts the pitiful situation that "normal" trade has created and then the bright present and future that Fair Trade has created. Written by Miles Litvinoff and John Madeley in 2007; published by Pluto Press, 240 pages, ISBN 13-978-0-7453-2585-9|
|Business Unusual - Successes and challenges of Fair Trade|
|A really fine book; a recopilation of several studies coordinated by the Fair Trade Advocacy Office in Brussels (Belgium). Many relevant data and success stories. A must read for newcomers. Edited by Anja Osterhaus; publisehd by FINE, 2006, 187 pages, ISBN 9090209468.|
While the former list of Fair Trade references contain large pieces of work, the following ones are shorter and distributed freely by the authoring NGOs. You may download some of them from here, also.
|Fair Trade 2007: new facts and figures from an ongoing success story|
|A large document (160 pages) compiled by Jean-Marie Krier for the Dutch Association of World Shops. It studies Fair Trade in 33 consumer countries. Issued on December 2008|
|Co-op America's Guide to Fair Trade|
|Find here a picture of what Fair Trade is, practical advice on how to shift your spending habits, a large directory of where you can do it and a final call to action to become more actice and spread the word.|
|Fair Trade in Europe - 2005|
|Prepared by FINE, contains a comprehensive study of Fair Trade in 25 European countries. Dated 2006.|
|Coffee Markets - New paradigms in global supply and demand|
|A large document (149 pages) issued by the World Bank. Plenty of data about international coffee markets and a brief analysis of Fair Trade. Dated March 2004.|
|FLO Annual Report 2007|
|Global sales have increased by 47%, minimum prices for tea begin to exist and those for coffee have been raised.|
|Cafédirect annual report 2007|
|The leading UK Fair trader has scored another good year of sales results|
|FLO Annual Report 2006 / 2007|
|This year, producers have incorporated to FLO governance; large increases in sales volumes; special pages for bananas, coffee and cotton|
|Ten Thousand Villages 2006 Report|
|Annual report of this NGO which celebrates its 60 anniversary with Fair Trade|
|FLO Annual Report 2005|
|Besides relevant data and nice visual presentation, a good insight on how FLO works|
If you didn't find what you were looking for, try the Fair Trade Institute; they gather lots of documents from really knowledgeable people.
Those Fair Trade references listed above are more or less recent; if you are looking for something from previous years may be you can have a look at the archive, which has vintage information.
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