Localising Fair Trade

In addition to the classical “South-North” Fair Trade flows (production in the Global North, consumption in the Global South), which remains statistically the majority of Fair Trade supply chains, there is a growing number of “domestic Fair Trade” initiatives, both in the Global South and in Europe.

This trend opens many opportunities but also many questions, such as: How to make sure that these initiatives do not undermine Fair Trade producers in the Global South? Who are the relevant stakeholders? What is the role of governments or the European Union? Is there a role for e-commerce in localising Fair Trade?

The FTAO, in cooperation with Fair Trade networks and researchers, will work to discuss these and other relevant questions.

An important ongoing project for the FTAO is the FASS-Food EU project. Learn more about it here: