Does Africa need Fairtrade?

http://africanarguments.org/2011/01/1015/ 

This is an interesting and thought provoking article challenging the progress of Fairtrade certification. Whatever your beliefs around this topic, it’s really important that we all keep asking these questions.

One Comment

  1. Cristalens LYF
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    I do think Fairtrade has been successful in capturing the hearts and minds of the British public and bringing to the fore some of the major challenges facing farmers in developing countries. That is a good thing… Ethical trade has grown as a result of that model and to a certain extent goes beyond that, in that it creates more direct links between companies and producers. I think Dfid Challenge funds (such as FRICH) aiming to get ethically traded products on to supermarket shelves, helped create some exemplary models in supply chains. Benefiting both producer communities and the companies which rely on them for their products.

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