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On 15 March 2016 the Fair Trade Advocacy Office launched at the Cotton Forum taking place in Paris, in cooperation with the Association of African Cotton Producers a position paper on the power imbalances in West African cotton supply chains. The document includes calls to the European Union, G7 and West African governments to step up their policies in support of fairer and more sustainable textile supply chains, and to not forget about small cotton farmers. 

Find below the position paper and the press release.

Cover cotton position paper    

                   Disponible ici en version française

               Disponible ici en version française 



Comprehensive study "Power in West African Supply Chains" about the power structure and challenges of the cotton sector in West Africa on a policy and governance level as well as on the role of Fairtrade certification and the challenges it faces. This study has been led by Simon Ferrigno, Daouda Traoré and Silvere Tovignang for the Fair Trade Advocacy Office.

Etude approfondie "Le pouvoir dans les filières cotonnières ouest africaines" sur la question du pouvoir dans la chaîne d’approvisionnement du coton et ses défis dans les pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest au niveau politique et gouvernemental. Cette étude s'intéresse notamment au coton certifié commerce équitable par Fairtrade Internationale et les défis que cela implique. Cette étude a été menée par Simon Ferrigno, Daouda Traoré et Silvere Tovignan pour le Fair Trade Advocacy Office. 

small Cotton position paper







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Introduction to the WHO’S GOT THE POWER? report by Sergi Corbalán


 You can watch this video by clicking here.