This study looks at the experiences of seven coffee producer cooperatives in Latin America with Fair Trade certification, and the benefits they received. Through comparative analysis, the authors find that coffee organizations, communities and producers derive important material and non-material benefits from Fair Trade, including additional income and capacity building. While the financial benefits are most important in the short term, authors conclude that the capacity building opportunities given by Fair Trade will ensure a more sustainable future for those farmers.
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.
If you find any errors or broken links, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Journal article
- Laura Raynolds
- Douglas Murray
- Peter Taylor