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Fairtrade

We have 12 items tagged with ‘Fairtrade’.
  • Picture of the Rainforest Alliance logo on a bunch of flowers.

    Shaping Sustainable markets

    Shaping Sustainable Markets is a research initiative that explores how the formal and informal rules used to govern markets – called market governance mechanisms (MGMs) – are designed, and how they impact on people, the planet and the economy.

    19 April 2013 | Project | Sustainable markets
  • Share the love this Valentine’s day with fairer flowers and chocolates

    Here’s a step by step guide to the issues so you can both impress your lover with lovely blooms or choccies and your new-found knowledge on how to share the love more widely.

    13 February 2013 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Provocation 6: Rural youth today, farmers tomorrow?

    This seminar is the sixth in a series being initiated by the IIED /HIVOS Knowledge Programme: Small Producer Agency in Globalised Markets.

    24 May 2012 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Food and cotton certification schemes are no panacea for poorer producers

    Study raises questions about pro-poor impact of popular certification schemes.

    26 March 2012 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Defining fairness: the experiences of a Richard Sandbrook scholar at IIED

    My being at IIED is rather fortuitous. I completely missed the first advertisement to apply for this position when it went round on the college mailing list, but luckily I was saved when the deadline for applications was pushed back a week to accommodate late applicants. I was one of those late applicants. In the space of a few short weeks I was notified that I had been shortlisted and that I was invited to interview for the Richard Sandbrook Scholarship. I was just thrilled to have been offered an interview so you can imagine my joy when I was told hours later that I had been selected for the position.

    20 September 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Fair trade: still centred on smallholders?

    To what extent do approaches such as fair trade, corporate social responsibility and inclusive business models allow the private sector to meet commercial objectives while also reducing poverty and empowering small-scale farmers? This was the question posed at the latest in a series of IIED and Hivos ‘provocations’ held at the European Parliament in Brussels last week (22 June).

    27 June 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Fairtrade and formalisation for small-scale miners

    The world's first Fairtrade and Fairmined gold is launched in the UK to help formalise the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector. But is formalisation the best way forward?

    18 February 2011 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Certification: into the wild.

    Collection and trade of wild products is increasing but concerns surround its current and future sustainability. The FairWild standard for wild collection seeks to address such issues by promoting sustainable practices and rewarding collectors with increased returns through a certification process. Standards and certification are increasingly being applied to new environments; but as discussed before on Due South, their suitability needs to be considered in light of the contexts in which they are applied. Traditionally certification has been applied to privately owned areas with enforceable property rights, but it is relatively untested in wild collection settings, which have their own unique challenges. Could FairWild provide the sustainable answer?

    10 December 2010 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Provocation 1: Producer agency and the agenda to make markets work for the poor

    The first of a series of ‘provocative seminars’ on smallholders and the ‘pro-poor markets’ agenda took place in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 28th September 2010. Local and international participants gathered to discuss a series of questions put forward by ‘provocateurs’ from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    9 November 2010 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Fairtrade – the gold standard?

    Now that Fairtrade has proved its resilience to recession is it time to make it the gold standard for all ethical produce and move beyond its origins in agriculture? Is the certification scheme that circumvents traditional market and pricing dynamics ready for new challenges in new markets? If so, what will those challenges look like?

    11 August 2010 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Still sweet? Fairtrade, Kraft/Cadbury and beyond

    The hot debate over US food giant Kraft's bid for Cadbury - manufacturer of iconic British sweets - is still simmering. A new source of tension reared up this week with discussions in the UK Parliament on how much Kraft is committed to sticking to Cadbury's market-leading investment in Fairtrade cocoa.

    3 February 2010 | Blog | Economics
  • Christmas means consumption

    To give and receive: it’s the essence of Christmas. Strip away the personal significance, though, and we’re really just looking at the process of consumption.

    21 December 2009 | Blog | Sustainable markets
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