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Fair trade coffee: building producer capacity via global networks

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  • Laura T. Raynolds

    (Sociology Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA)

  • Douglas Murray

    (Sociology Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA)

  • Peter Leigh Taylor

    (Sociology Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA)

Abstract

This article examines the ongoing rapid expansion in Fair Trade coffee networks linking Northern consumers with producers in the global South. We provide a comparative analysis of the experiences of seven coffee producer co-operatives in Latin America, identifying the characteristics which facilitate successful integration into Fair Trade networks. Our analysis finds that coffee organizations, communities and producers derive important material and non-material benefits from Fair Trade. We conclude that while the financial benefits of Fair Trade appear the most important in the short run, it is the capacity building nature of Fair Trade that will prove the most important in fueling sustainable development in the long run. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Laura T. Raynolds & Douglas Murray & Peter Leigh Taylor, 2004. "Fair trade coffee: building producer capacity via global networks," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(8), pages 1109-1121.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:16:y:2004:i:8:p:1109-1121
    DOI: 10.1002/jid.1136
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    1. Michael E. Conroy, 2001. "Can Advocacy-Led Certification Systems Transform Global Corporate Practices? Evidence, and Some Theory," Working Papers wp21, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
    2. Raynolds, Laura T., 2004. "The Globalization of Organic Agro-Food Networks," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 32(5), pages 725-743, May.
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