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Fairtrade Coffee and Development - a field study in Ethiopia

Bäckman, Tora (2009)
Department of Economics
Abstract
Coffee is one of the world’s most traded goods, but as the commodity price has plunged in recent years it is increasingly hard for coffee farmers to survive on their crops. Fairtrade is a trading initiative based on equity that claims to contribute to development by increasing farmers’ profits and empowerment in communities. Few academic studies have examined Fairtrade development claims. This thesis discusses how much truth lies in these statements. A field study in Ethiopia has been used for the purpose. Ethiopia has grown coffee for a thousand years, is heavily dependant on export of coffee beans, and has recently started to export Fairtrade certified coffee. A qualitative research approach has been used in interviews with coffee... (More)
Coffee is one of the world’s most traded goods, but as the commodity price has plunged in recent years it is increasingly hard for coffee farmers to survive on their crops. Fairtrade is a trading initiative based on equity that claims to contribute to development by increasing farmers’ profits and empowerment in communities. Few academic studies have examined Fairtrade development claims. This thesis discusses how much truth lies in these statements. A field study in Ethiopia has been used for the purpose. Ethiopia has grown coffee for a thousand years, is heavily dependant on export of coffee beans, and has recently started to export Fairtrade certified coffee. A qualitative research approach has been used in interviews with coffee farmers, importers, and managers. My conclusion is that Fairtrade does bring economic benefits to farmers. The price of coffee is higher than that of conventional coffee, farmers receive a premium that is to be invested in the community, and they have good working conditions. But lack of education and participation of farmers obstructs economic development. (Less)
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author
Bäckman, Tora
supervisor
organization
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type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Fairtrade, Coffee, Ethiopia, Cooperatives, Development Theory, Economics, econometrics, economic theory, economic systems, economic policy, Nationalekonomi, ekonometri, ekonomisk teori, ekonomiska system, ekonomisk politik
language
English
id
1337249
date added to LUP
2009-01-02 00:00:00
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2010-08-03 10:52:02
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  abstract     = {Coffee is one of the world’s most traded goods, but as the commodity price has plunged in recent years it is increasingly hard for coffee farmers to survive on their crops. Fairtrade is a trading initiative based on equity that claims to contribute to development by increasing farmers’ profits and empowerment in communities. Few academic studies have examined Fairtrade development claims. This thesis discusses how much truth lies in these statements. A field study in Ethiopia has been used for the purpose. Ethiopia has grown coffee for a thousand years, is heavily dependant on export of coffee beans, and has recently started to export Fairtrade certified coffee. A qualitative research approach has been used in interviews with coffee farmers, importers, and managers. My conclusion is that Fairtrade does bring economic benefits to farmers. The price of coffee is higher than that of conventional coffee, farmers receive a premium that is to be invested in the community, and they have good working conditions. But lack of education and participation of farmers obstructs economic development.},
  author       = {Bäckman, Tora},
  keyword      = {Fairtrade,Coffee,Ethiopia,Cooperatives,Development Theory,Economics, econometrics, economic theory, economic systems, economic policy,Nationalekonomi, ekonometri, ekonomisk teori, ekonomiska system, ekonomisk politik},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Fairtrade Coffee and Development - a field study in Ethiopia},
  year         = {2009},
}