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When Fair Trade increases unfairness: The case of quinoa from Bolivia

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  • Aurélie Carimentrand


  • Jérôme Ballet


    (Fonds pour la Recherche en Ethique Economique)

Fair Trade movement tackles the question of global justice. It is experiencing growing success. Fair Trade therefore sorts the beneficiaries, usually by means of certification. Numerous impact studies have assessed the beneficial effects of Fair Trade on the intended beneficiaries. Several studies have nevertheless called into question both the impact of certification and Fair trade. Following these studies this paper shows that Fair Trade in quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) is actually increasing inequalities between Bolivian producers.

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Paper provided by Fonds pour la Recherche en Ethique Economique in its series Working Papers with number 52010.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 2010
Handle: RePEc:fet:wpaper:52010
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