Trade for Development Centre

Trade for Development Centre is a programme of Enabel, the Belgian development agency.

We believe that fair and sustainable trade are a way to decrease poverty. It gives smallholders in the South the opportunity to develop in a sustainable way. We work around three main themes: producer support, sharing information and raising awareness.


Here you will find our most recent publications in order of appearance. The last published will be in the front.

Interviews (en)

Ray & Jules roasts fairtrade coffee using the power of the sun

Ray & Jules combines a desire to improve the world with a background in engineering. “The coffee sector produces 60 million tons of CO2 every year. We want to bring that down to zero. It’s ambitious, but doable. Technology like ours can open up new horizons in a sector that has been doing the same thing for over a hundred years. And with all of the associated consequences”, says co-owner Gert Linthout. Introducing a world-first: using solar energy to roast fairtrade coffee.

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2020 barometer on fair trade

Every two years, the Trade for Development Centre publishes a barometer on fair trade, a survey that aims to present the awareness of fair trade in Belgium and the opinion and behaviour of Belgians on this topic. This year, questions were asked about changes in purchasing behaviour in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Interviews (en)

The remarkable progress of the Yanfolila planters’ cooperatives in Mali as seen by their coaches

In Yanfolila, southern Mali, USCPY, a union of nine mango cooperatives, was accompanied by two coaches from the Trade for Development Centre. The work carried out over the three years of the intervention is impressive. Professionalization of the cooperatives, increased production and sales, and the retention of both members and customers… Their coaches detail the progress made.

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Interviews (en)

Relaxed sustainable shopping? Check out the Harvest Club

Welcome to the Harvest Club, in the heart of Leuven. Stefanie Vereecken selects a wide range of clothing, home décor, accessories and beauty and care products for her sociable concept store. All from suppliers with their heart in the right place, just like Stefanie. Want to take a look inside?

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