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3-28 - Geog 232 Fair Trade Why Fair Trade Fair trade vs...

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Geog 232 March 28, 2008 Fair Trade Why Fair Trade? Fair trade vs. Free Trade: The third way Increasing North-South inequalities Unfavorable local factors leading to unequal access to volatile global markets Unpredictable fluctuations in demand and prices for agricultural products with little value  added Local corruption- about those who take the crops from the local farmers, especially in  Africa Poor labor conditions and low wages- no worker protection if one gets hurt Inadequate aid policies and structural adjustment policies Fair trade wants to give a voice to the countries of the global south and give them a  bargaining power Why the focus on the smallholders in the Global South? Represents half of the world’s population The poorest half- sometimes they have no tools, machinery, or land. They usually have  1 hectare or 2 ½ acres to work with
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