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LEISA Magazine, volume 24.1 - Towards fairer trade PDF Print E-mail
Written by Arnoud Braun   
Friday, 28 March 2008

As markets for fair and green trade products are expanding, we look here at some of the issues faced by LEISA farmers. The articles in issue 24.1 of LEISA Magazine were chosen to show current practical experiences with fair and green trade, reflecting the variety of initiatives that have taken shape in recent years. By presenting some of the current debates around this topic, ILEIA hopes to provoke further discussion.

Towards fairer trade 4-5
ILEIA editorial team
Trading is part of life for most farmers, with markets being the hub of the community. Farmers who depend on local, regional or global markets for the sale of their produce are always looking for ways... Click here to view the PDF content
 
Fairtrade fruit: Successes, challenges and dilemmas 6-7
Dave Boselie
This article presents the challenges that come with growth, and the dilemmas regarding the expansion of the organic and fair
trade export markets, based on the experiences of Europe’s foremost ...
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Meeting the challenges of exporting mangoes from Burkina Faso 8-9
Hans-Willem van der Waal
Many small scale farmers in Burkina Faso own mango trees, while European consumers increasingly like fresh mangoes. How can they be linked? This has been tried in different ways for almost a decade. I... Click here to view the PDF content
 
The Fair Trade Platform: Bolivian producers lobby for change 10-11
Jean-Sebastien Levesque, Christina Keys
El Ceibo is an active member of the Fair Trade Platform, a national initiative that groups 18 producers’ associations and lobbies the government to meet the needs of small producers. The Platform was ... Click here to view the PDF content
 
Improved shea butter trading through certification 12-13
Cindy D'Auteuil
The Union of Women Producers of Shea Products of Sissili and Ziro (UGPPK-S/Z) counts members from 53 clusters of 38 villages in the provinces of Sissili and Ziro, in Burkina Faso. It is commonly known... Click here to view the PDF content
 
Agroecological cotton and fair trade make the difference 14-15
Pedro Jorge BF Lima
Three years ago, Veja Fair Trade, a French company, went to Brazil in search of organic cotton to make sports shoes for the European fair trade market. Visiting the ESPLAR website, they found informat... Click here to view the PDF content
 
Filipino handicrafts provide income and protect the forests 16-17
Michelle Arts
The Non-Timber Forest Products Task Force, in the Philippines, has been running its handicraft programme for five years. It aims at poverty alleviation and the sustainable use of non-timber forest res... Click here to view the PDF content
 
Organic and fair trade products attract new customers 18
Frank van Schoubroeck
A three minute walk away from the ILEIA office in Amersfoort is a big supermarket called PLUS. In November 2007, two renowned Dutch NGOs, Milieudefensie and Solidaridad, awarded the manager a prize fo... Click here to view the PDF content
 
Fair to the last drop: Corporate challenges to Fairtrade 19-21
Eric Holt - Giménez, Ian Bailey, Devon Sampson
The Fairtrade Labelling Organization International (FLO) and Fairtrade certifiers promote the idea that Fairtrade should become more “mainstream”. Most recent criticism revolves around this strategy. ... Click here to view the PDF content
 
Direct trade that benefits poor communities in India and the U.K. 22-23
Mari Marcel Thekaekara
“Just Change” is becoming well known in fair trade and development circles around the world. It is an initiative which aims to establish an alternative and direct trading mechanism that will benefit p... Click here to view the PDF content
 
Growing a local organic movement: The Mexican Network of Organic Markets 24-27
Erin Nelson, Rita Schwentesius Rinderman, Laura Gómez Tovar, Manuel Angel Gomez Cruz
Although 85 percent of all organic goods produced in Mexico are sent abroad, the interest in organic products within the country has grown considerably. Many Mexican grocery stores now carry organic g... Click here to view the PDF content
 
Building grower-consumer alliances for confronting the coffee crisis 28-29
Roberta Jaffe, Devon Sampson, Annie Shattuck
In 2001, world coffee prices tumbled to all-time lows, devastating coffee-dependent farm families and their communities, in what became known as the global “coffee crisis.” Out of necessity, many farm... Click here to view the PDF content
 
Communication technologies support trade in Africa 30-31
Andreas Mandler
Trading agricultural commodities on rural markets in Africa is usually a personal affair. Small scale farmers generally know their clients very well, but they produce limited quantities, and have few ... Click here to view the PDF content
 
Community Supported Agriculture: An alternative local food system 32-34
Petra van de Kop, Klaas Nijhof, Henk Kloen, Arnoud Braun
In a situation of growing globalisation of food systems, questions are increasingly being raised about the integrity of our food supply, the impact of its production on the environment and animal welf... Click here to view the PDF content
 
Annual fair brings farmers and consumers together 35
Oluwagbemiga Dada
Mr. Babafemi is a small scale farmer living in a village close to Ibadan, Nigeria’s largest city. He cultivates cocoa, yam and fruit, and on the rest of his land he raises livestock. He would like to ...

 

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