Download and read documents about all aspects of tropical fruit trade and production.
More resources are available on the Banana Link website.
Photos of the daily life of workers in South West Africa are available on the Banana Link Flickr.
A report for the Make Fruit Fair! campaign shows how increasing market power and Unfair Trading Practices of European supermarkets affect banana small farmers and plantation workers.
Read the report: Banana Value Chains
Oxfam have published a report detailing that steps are being taken in the right direction for securing a living wage in global supply chains.
Read the report: Steps Towards a Living Wage
The Real Wage Situation of Male and Female Workers in Eleven Banana Plantations in Costa Rica, in Comparison to a ‘Sustainable Living Wage, ASEPROLA for Banana Link and The Cooperative Group, November 2004.
The preparatory papers of the second International Banana Conference, 2005 including: The Environmental and Health Impacts of Banana Production in Latin America by Raul Harari, Corporation for the Development of Production and the Working Environment IFA The Working and Living Conditions of Banana Workers in Latin America by Raul Harari, Corporation for the Development of Production and the Working Environment IFA Women in the Windward Islands by Senator Josephine Dublin-Price, Association of Caribbean Farmers (WINFA) For the Respect of Labour and Social Rights of Women Banana Workers in Latin America by Iris Munguia Figueroa, COLSIBA
A blog written by Alistair Smith, International Coordinator for ProMusa, the banana and plantain section of Bioversity International, March 2012
A report of the Second Conference of the World Banana Forum held in Guayaquil, Ecuador in February 2012 produced by STITCH.
FIAN, IUF and Misereor share a common vision of the human right to food and have come together to focus on a specific group, plantation workers, whose right to food is routinely abused by employers and violated by governments.
Many of the food products we take for granted are grown on plantations yet the workers who grow them could never afford to eat them.
Read the report: Harvesting Hunger
A Fairtrade Foundation Report, February 2014:
Britain’s supermarket price wars are trapping tens of thousands of banana farmers and workers in an unrelenting cycle of poverty.
The Fairtrade Foundation report argues that as bananas are the fourth most important food crop in the world and one of the most valuable agricultural commodities in global trade, it is wrong that they do not guarantee a sustainable living for all the people involved in producing and supplying the market.
Read the report: Britain’s Bruising Banana Wars
In 2012 Dr.Iain Farquhar visited three of the five banana producing provinces of China, on behalf of Banana Link and the Steering Committee of the World Banana Forum.
Read the report: Bananas in China
How an Expanding Export Industry Undermines Workers and Their Communities ILRF, October 2008
Summary of report written by Banana Link on behalf of Consumers International.
Chiquita, Women Banana Workers and Structural Inequalities by Marina Prieto-Carron, 2006
An Investigation into Dole’s Banana Plantations in Latin America 2006
What is new since our report on the company’s plantations in Latin America in 2006?, 2009
A Fair Trade Tool Kit, Traidcraft, 2005
A response from Chiquita to the Make Fruit Fair Urgent Appeal calling for an end to discriminatory practices on their owned and supplier plantations in Latin America.
A Fairtrade Foundation Briefing Paper about Fairtrade certified bananas, 2009.
Are European supermarkets living up to their responsibilities for labour conditions in the developing world? Consumers International 2010
The EU Retail Sector: When is a market not a market? The Agribusiness Accountability Initiative (AAI) European Supermarkets Group. Briefing for MEPs November 2007
How price wars between UK supermarkets helped to destroy livelihoods in the banana and pineapple supply chains.’ Dr. Iain Farquhar, Banana Link November 2006.
Article by Alistair Smith, Banana Link, 2009.
The paper shows how Competition Law has ended up generating slave societies and needs urgent revision. Written by Dr Iain Farquhar on behalf of Banana Link for the Make Fruit Fair consortium, October 2011
Report by British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) commissioned by NFU, Traidcraft and others, May 2012
Consumers International, July 2012
Alistair Smith, international coordinator of UK NGO Banana Link reports on working conditions on tropical fruit plantations in West Africa
Rachel Smith, Banana Link, 2009
An edited summary of a report of the Banana Link/Peuples Solidaires coordinated mission to Cameroon and the Ivory Coast, September 2010
A study was undertaken by the Workers Right Consult and funded by Banana Link to establish the extent to which companies involved in the pineapple industry in Ghana respect workers’ rights. The research explores the working conditions for both local and migrant workers in this tropical fruit industry.
A summary of the findings of the field research into the living wage of banana workers in Cameroon conducted in summer 2012.
A presentation by Bernardo Roehrs, Corporate Affairs Director, AgroAmerica, Guatemala as part of the ‘Living wages and distribution of value along tropical fruit supply chains’ session.
A presentation by Dafni Skalidou and Harriet Labouchere on behalf of Banana Link as part of the ‘Living wages and distribution of value along tropical fruit supply chains’ session.
A presentation by Mbide Charles Kude, General Secretary of FAWU as part of the ‘Trade union freedom of association and collective bargaining’ session.
A presentation by Eliana Guarnoni on behalf of Altroconsumo as part of the ‘What is the power of consumers?’ session.
A presentation by Lee Woodger on behalf of the National Farmers Union (UK) as part of the ‘Voluntary Initiatives V Regulation’ session.
A presentation by Catherine Nicholson on behalf of Consumers International as part of the ‘What is the power of consumers?’ session.
A presentation of Péter Szilágyi, Senior Counsellor, Department of Food Processing, Ministry of Rural Development, Hungary as part of the Voluntary Initiatives V Regulation session.
A presentation by Ovind Brisa, Director of BAMA, the Norwegian retailer and fruit importer as part of the ‘Trade union freedom of association and collective bargaining’ session.
A presentation by Pedro Morazan, Policy Director and Economist at the SÜDWIND Institute, Germany, as part of the Voluntary Initiatives V Regulation session.