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Ethics in the chocolate value chain

Surveys conducted between 2009 and 2011 show that more than 250 000 children are used and exploited in cocoa plantations in West Africa (mainly in Ivory Coast). In 2001, some of the big names of the global chocolate industry signed the Harkin-Engel protocol and committed to addressing the worst forms of child labour. Ten years later, none of the goals set by this protocol were fully achieved.

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Forests, a development challenge

The rate of destruction of forest cover has significantly increased over the past ten years, particularly in countries in the South. This endangers the overall development of these regions. Southern countries are faced with the erosion of their natural resources. Meanwhile , they suffer the most from climate change, of which deforestation is one of the main causes.

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The Small Producers Label

The idea had been in the air for some time. The “Small Producers’ Symbol” was officially launched in November 2010 in Honduras, during the 4th General Assembly of CLAC (the Latin American and Caribbean Coordination of Small Fair Trade Producers).

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Cocoa: a lever for development

Cocoa is a mythical food with surprising origins that has made its way around the globe. Starting in Central America, it spread in the holds of merchant ships during the era when the world was opening up to explorers. Limited to the zone between the tropics, from which it cannot escape, the cocoa tree is fragile and delicate and its trunk and branches hold a bizarre, inedible fruit. A fruit, though, that is highly prized.

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The European market for fair and sustainable flowers and plants

This report makes an attempt to capture all relevant information on the European market for fair and sustainable flowers and plants – ranging from economic structure of this market to production characteristics, and major trends in consumer preferences and behaviour. Above all, the report aims to provide insight into the role of the various social and environmental standards in the main European flower and plant markets and sales channels.

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European and Belgian Market for Certified Coffee

This report of the Trade for Development Centre wants to provide relevant information for producers and producer groups – within the trade context. This report makes an attempt to capture all relevant information on the international coffee market – ranging from the worldwide economic structure of this market to characteristics and related prices for different types of coffee, certification and labelling information, …

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European Market for Fair (and Sustainable) Sport Balls

This market analysis describes and explains the EU market for sports balls. Furthermore, the Belgian sports balls market is extensively analysed as well as nine other promising EU markets (Denmark, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain and Poland). This market analysis aims to support producers from developing countries in understanding and improving their position on the EU market.

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Ethics in the chocolate value chain

Surveys conducted between 2009 and 2011 show that more than 250 000 children are used and exploited in cocoa plantations in West Africa (mainly in Ivory Coast). In 2001, some of the big names of the global chocolate industry signed the Harkin-Engel protocol and committed to addressing the worst forms of child labour. Ten years later, none of the goals set by this protocol were fully achieved.

Read more »

Forests, a development challenge

The rate of destruction of forest cover has significantly increased over the past ten years, particularly in countries in the South. This endangers the overall development of these regions. Southern countries are faced with the erosion of their natural resources. Meanwhile , they suffer the most from climate change, of which deforestation is one of the main causes.

Read more »

The Small Producers Label

The idea had been in the air for some time. The “Small Producers’ Symbol” was officially launched in November 2010 in Honduras, during the 4th General Assembly of CLAC (the Latin American and Caribbean Coordination of Small Fair Trade Producers).

Read more »

Cocoa: a lever for development

Cocoa is a mythical food with surprising origins that has made its way around the globe. Starting in Central America, it spread in the holds of merchant ships during the era when the world was opening up to explorers. Limited to the zone between the tropics, from which it cannot escape, the cocoa tree is fragile and delicate and its trunk and branches hold a bizarre, inedible fruit. A fruit, though, that is highly prized.

Read more »

The European market for fair and sustainable flowers and plants

This report makes an attempt to capture all relevant information on the European market for fair and sustainable flowers and plants – ranging from economic structure of this market to production characteristics, and major trends in consumer preferences and behaviour. Above all, the report aims to provide insight into the role of the various social and environmental standards in the main European flower and plant markets and sales channels.

Read more »

European and Belgian Market for Certified Coffee

This report of the Trade for Development Centre wants to provide relevant information for producers and producer groups – within the trade context. This report makes an attempt to capture all relevant information on the international coffee market – ranging from the worldwide economic structure of this market to characteristics and related prices for different types of coffee, certification and labelling information, …

Read more »

European Market for Fair (and Sustainable) Sport Balls

This market analysis describes and explains the EU market for sports balls. Furthermore, the Belgian sports balls market is extensively analysed as well as nine other promising EU markets (Denmark, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain and Poland). This market analysis aims to support producers from developing countries in understanding and improving their position on the EU market.

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