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Uneven and unequal people-centered development: the case of Fair Trade and Malawi sugar producers

Uneven and unequal people-centered development: the case of Fair Trade and Malawi sugar producers

Phillips, David P. (2014) Uneven and unequal people-centered development: the case of Fair Trade and Malawi sugar producers. Agriculture and Human Values, 31 (4). pp. 563-576. ISSN 0889-048X (Print), 1572-8366 (Online) (doi:10.1007/s10460-014-9500-z)

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Abstract

This paper advances critical Fair Trade literature by exploring reasons for and lessons from uneven and unequal
lived experiences of Fairtrade certification. Fieldwork was conducted in 2007 and 2008 to explore views and develop interpretations from various actors directly and indirectly participating in a Fairtrade certified sugar organization in Malawi. By exploring an embedded social and political context in a production place, and challenging assumptions and expectations of a Fair Trade community empowerment approach, research reveals intended and unintended consequences since certification. Findings propose lessons to adopt more nuanced understandings of place and context in Fair Trade approaches to facilitate more balanced community empowerment outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10460-014-9500-z
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fair Trade, community, empowerment, sugar, Malawi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2017 14:11
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10006

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