Child Labour Action Research Project

Published on 17 September 2012

The project named 'Sustainable solutions in the fight against child labour in home-based craft production' is aimed seeks to ensure the rights and development of children working in the home-based crafts sector in northern India. The main aim of the project is to develop a model can be used by governments, industry, non-governmental organisations and child welfare agencies to provide sustainable solutions to child labour. Hence the project will be taking the views and concerns of the children and families involved into account.
The project, supported by the European Union is a joint initiative of Traidcraft Exchange, UK, Centre for Education and Communication (CEC), Fair Trade Forum - India (FTFI), and Shop for Change

Research to understand complex issues surrounding child labour in the Indian craft sector will be done towards “developing a model addressing the root causes of child labour in the home, such as low adult wage”, as part of the project. Testing and refining the model will also be done before producing a guidance document to be used by different stakeholders.

Advocacy with government to induce policies which effectively addresses child labour, starting schools in the child labour prone areas is also envisaged. Advocacy  initiatives are also planned to raise awareness among brands, retailers, exporters and contractors in the private sector on the impact their practices on home-based workers in general and child workers in particular, both in India and Europe. It is aimed to explore the ways through which they can make improvements in their supply chains to eliminate child labour

The end of the project it is aimed at creating and testing of a community-owned, sustainable model for the reduction of child labour in the Indian home-based craft sector. A network of key stakeholders (fair trade organisations, producer groups, civil society, communities/families, child workers themselves, retailers, exporters and the government) will also be empowered to work collectively on child labour issues. Dissemination of learning and guidance will enable the adoption of this model in other sectors and geographical areas.

Fair Trade Cotton: Project Profile

Published on 24 February 2012

Producers and Consumers Cooperating to Increase the Markets for Fair Trade & Organic Cotton Producers

Major Outcomes
In context with India, the beneficiaries will be the poor farmers especially approximately 3000 farmers who are working in organic cotton farming and especially women. Duration of the project will be 2010-2013
In context with Europe   Indirectly the beneficiaries are all the consumers that could choose fair trade cotton products that will not be dangerous for there health and environment friendly too.
In context to Nepal-   They will get a fair trade certified fabric for cloths.

Benefit to Farmers
Opportunity to learn organic farming methods
Opportunity for yield expansion
Input cost reduction
Opportunity to join new integrated model Fair Trade supplychain

Benefit to Processors
Credible suppliers for Organic and Fair Trade Cotton
More traceable raw/ processed cotton
Dual advantage of being Fair Trade and Organic
Opportunity to gets connected to Fair Trade market
Visibility for CSR initiatives
Opportunity to join new integrated model Fair Trade Supply Chain

Benefit to Consumers
Cleaner/ Fairer products

Good Neighbor Project

Published on 11 October 2011

The project aims to bring out development plan for selected Fair Trade producer groups in India through an action research. The project is supported by the IDRC (International Development Research Centre).


Published on 11 October 2011

The project aims to record the impact of Fair Trade on women in India. The detailed narrative report and the case studies of 12 women producers from three Fair Trade organizations have completed so far.   Representatives these organizations took part in the dissemination seminar of Wiego project organized in Mombasa, Kenya. 

ProSustian – Promoting Fair Trade and Sustainable Consumption in India

Published on 11 October 2011

The project is aimed at promoting Fair Trade and Sustainable Consumption in India by reaching out to young consumers, promoting corporate procurement of Fair Trade products, reaching out to government and through policy interventions. The project is supported by the European Commission and co-funded by HIVOS. IRFT and Shop for Change are the other partners in the project.

Overall objective:

Contribute to building environmentally sustainable production and consumption practices that help reduce poverty amongst poor farmers and handicraft producers in India. 

Specific objective

Create a consumer market for fair trade products in India that measurably contributes to the improvement of rural livelihoods and provides farmers and artisans with the resources necessary to follow environmentally sustainable production practices.

Major Activities

•Raise awareness of fair trade products among consumers with special emphasis on young consumers  through campus programs on Fair Trade & Sustainable Consumption 

•Convert corporate procurement to Fair Trade by promoting Fair Trade products among corporate houses/ developing corporate partnerships  

•Develop a dedicated retail channel for Fair Trade through creation of a commonly-branded network of FTF-I members’ shops 

•Gain access for SFC Fair Trade certified products in mainstream retail channels 

•Secure commitments/tap opportunities from government ministries and other agencies to promote fair trade.

Target Groups

•SME members of FTF-I, 


•10 major branded product manufacturers; 

•100 students at each of 75 colleges; 

•90 corporate offices with gift programmes; 

•350,000 Social Economic Class ‘A1’ (i.e., upper middle class) consumer households; 

•Ministries of Commerce, Textiles, Agriculture, and other agencies.


Final Beneficiaries 

Poor farming and handicrafts producing families across India (an estimated 900,000 people).

Estimated Results

Consumer awareness and sales of fair trade products in four major Indian cities boosted, 2) Retail channels for fair trade products created and operational, 3) Government support ensured in terms of the promotion of fair trade at exhibitions, in promotional campaigns, and through retail collaboration.

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