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.

Video (en)

The positive flow of coaching: cocoa producers boosting their cooperatives

Ecam, Ecamom and Necaayo are three Ivorian cocoa cooperatives who followed TDC’s marketing coaching programme. In this documentary, we follow them and their coach Christine during the final coaching sessions. The producers explain how they experienced the whole process, how their capacities were strengthened and how they see the future.

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Articles (en)

Does the future of fair trade lie in agro-ecology?

The fair trade movement has always been environmentally conscious. Yet fair trade and environmentally conscious agriculture have for a long time developed separately, without looking for parallels. However, in recent years they have gradually grown closer together and sometimes they merge completely.

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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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