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Research finds Fairtrade fails the poorest workers in Ethiopia and Uganda
| 24 May 2014
Posted on 06/02/2014 2:00:51 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
Fairtrade certified coffee, tea and flowers do not improve lives of the very poorest rural people in Ethiopia and Uganda, according to a four-year research project conducted by leading development economists at SOAS, University of London. The project studied rural labour markets in areas producing crops for export, under different institutional conditions that included, in some research sites, Fairtrade certification.
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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
Britain leads the world on Fairtrade
, with over 4,500 certified products from over 340 companies and over 10,000 local Fairtrade campaigns in towns, schools, colleges, workplaces and faith groups. Estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products in 2013 reached £1.78 billion, a 14 per cent increase on sales of £1.53 billion in 2012.
The movement is especially popular in the UK
where there are 500 Fairtrade Towns, 118 Fairtrade universities, over 6,000 Fairtrade churches, and over 4,000 UK schools registered in the Fairtrade Schools Scheme. In 2011, over 1.2 million farmers and workers in more than 60 countries are engaged in Fair Trade, and 65 million in Fairtrade premium was paid. According to Fairtrade International, nearly six out of ten consumers have seen the Fairtrade mark and almost nine in ten of them trust it.
Big surprise. “Fair trade” is just a euphemism for central planning. Only economies driven by consumer choice succeed.
posted on 06/02/2014 2:03:53 PM PDT
The only ones benefiting Fair Trade are the ones who get finacial support to start the businesses.
Really, how many bubble gum wrapper coin purses and and bead necklaces can a person buy?
Some organizations are legit, but the vast majority raise the hopes of the poor by encouraging them to sell junk.
But all coffee shops sell it so it must be good!
posted on 06/02/2014 2:33:37 PM PDT
(Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
To: Berlin_Freeper; SeeSharp; stars & stripes forever; TurboZamboni
I always thought the whole thing was a Potemkin Village setup.
Like Global Warming Credits.
posted on 06/02/2014 2:38:40 PM PDT
("A nation, despicable by it"s weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
Goodbye Free Market...
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