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The case of Café Femenino: The limitations of gender-conscious Fair Trade


  • Cueva Alegría, Dayna


Fair Trade (FT) aims to advance women’s economic and social development by addressing gender inequality – as evidenced by the unequal distribution of the material and non-material benefits of FT. These efforts have led to the formation of women-only FT cooperatives such as Café Femenino in Peru. Café Femenino’s novel development approach is its requirement of female land ownership and female-only participation in local (cooperative-level) democratic decision-making. Yet, such an approach that privileges the “local” keeps women vulnerable, reducing their development potential. Identifying this central weakness in FT can inform development practice to rethink its reliance on the “local” and consider strategies to consolidate extra-local governance networks.

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  • Cueva Alegría, Dayna, 2016. "The case of Café Femenino: The limitations of gender-conscious Fair Trade," World Development Perspectives, Elsevier, vol. 1(C), pages 1-3.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wodepe:v:1:y:2016:i:c:p:1-3
    DOI: 10.1016/j.wdp.2016.04.001

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    1. J. McMurtry, 2009. "Ethical Value-Added: Fair Trade and the Case of Café Femenino," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 86(1), pages 27-49, April.
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