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The Costa Rican Experience of Fair Trade Coffee

Tuvhag, Emmylou (2008)
Department of Economics
Abstract
This paper discusses Fair Trade and analyses its impact on producers and producer organisations. Fair trade was developed in reaction to the situation on the market for conventional coffee. Coffee prices on the international market fluctuate sharply and have shown a decreasing trend. In 2001 prices reached their lowest level in 30 years. The decline in prices received by producers has increased rural poverty and had negative economic, social and environmental consequences. Fair Trade affects the quality of life of producers through social, organisational and environmental work and reduces the fluctuation of prices and secures the livelihood of producers. Fair Trade is an opportunity for the most marginalised producers in the South.... (More)
This paper discusses Fair Trade and analyses its impact on producers and producer organisations. Fair trade was developed in reaction to the situation on the market for conventional coffee. Coffee prices on the international market fluctuate sharply and have shown a decreasing trend. In 2001 prices reached their lowest level in 30 years. The decline in prices received by producers has increased rural poverty and had negative economic, social and environmental consequences. Fair Trade affects the quality of life of producers through social, organisational and environmental work and reduces the fluctuation of prices and secures the livelihood of producers. Fair Trade is an opportunity for the most marginalised producers in the South. However, this paper also discusses the challenges of the movement. This is a case study of Fair Trade impact in Costa Rica and mainly focuses on the experience of Coocafé, a Fair Trade coffee consortium made up of nine primary level coffee cooperatives. The study is based on fieldwork conducted during a two-month period in Costa Rica in 2006/ 2007. It was made possible through the financial support of The Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (SIDA). (Less)
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Tuvhag, Emmylou
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type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
Fair Trade, Coffee, Costa Rica, Coocafé, Economics, econometrics, economic theory, economic systems, economic policy, Nationalekonomi, ekonometri, ekonomisk teori, ekonomiska system, ekonomisk politik
language
English
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1334987
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2008-09-10
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  abstract     = {This paper discusses Fair Trade and analyses its impact on producers and producer organisations. Fair trade was developed in reaction to the situation on the market for conventional coffee. Coffee prices on the international market fluctuate sharply and have shown a decreasing trend. In 2001 prices reached their lowest level in 30 years. The decline in prices received by producers has increased rural poverty and had negative economic, social and environmental consequences. Fair Trade affects the quality of life of producers through social, organisational and environmental work and reduces the fluctuation of prices and secures the livelihood of producers. Fair Trade is an opportunity for the most marginalised producers in the South. However, this paper also discusses the challenges of the movement. This is a case study of Fair Trade impact in Costa Rica and mainly focuses on the experience of Coocafé, a Fair Trade coffee consortium made up of nine primary level coffee cooperatives. The study is based on fieldwork conducted during a two-month period in Costa Rica in 2006/ 2007. It was made possible through the financial support of The Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (SIDA).},
  author       = {Tuvhag, Emmylou},
  keyword      = {Fair Trade,Coffee,Costa Rica,Coocafé,Economics, econometrics, economic theory, economic systems, economic policy,Nationalekonomi, ekonometri, ekonomisk teori, ekonomiska system, ekonomisk politik},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Costa Rican Experience of Fair Trade Coffee},
  year         = {2008},
}