Lessons from around the world
Exploring the impacts of Fairtrade presents a series of rich, detailed case studies from the field distilling insights and lessons about the contribution of Fairtrade and sustainability standards to different social groups in particular geographies. The book seeks to contribute to the lively debate on the impact of such schemes by showing the diverse outcomes and impacts that such schemes have as they are adopted or implemented in different geographical production and value chain contexts around the world. The different cases show the many limitations of such schemes, but also discuss potential strategies for improvement.
This book is essential reading for all those interested in value chain development, fair and ethical trade, and sustainability standards, including researchers, students, policy makers, companies and those working for development agencies.
‘This book is a welcome addition to the growing empirical literature on the real impact of Fairtrade on rural producers, traders and farm workers in different agro-food sectors. Valerie Nelson did a remarkable job in bringing together perspectives on social justice, gender empowerment, environment and civic organization that enable a balanced appraisal of the ongioing efforts towards the renewal of Fairtrade.’
Professor Ruerd Ruben, Coordinator Food Security, Value Chains & Impact Analysis Agricultural Economics Institute (LEI) Wageningen University and Research Centre
‘This book avoids the elusive quest for attribution of impact to an inexistent generic ‘fair trade’. It argues instead for a balance between rigour and usefulness in impact studies, showing the way forward with resource-full and instructive country case-studies about context-specific impact processes.’
Dr. Johan Bastiaensen, Professor in development studies, Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB), University of Antwerp, Belgium (Prinsstraat 13, B-2000 Belgium).