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Fair Trade's Role in Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change

Sjölund, Hanna LU (2011) HEKM10 20111
Human Ecology
Abstract
This thesis explores the relationship between the Fair Trade system and producers' vulnerability to climate change. It is African focused, using material collected in Senegal, and as such looks at what adaptation strategies and resilience building potential the movement has using the Sustainable Livelihood Approach. It outlines the current environmental awareness of the movement, what climatic risks the producers are facing and it systematically relates Fair Trade activities to all five Sustainable Livelihood Approach capitals. It argues that the Fair Trade movement has a holistic approach to sustainable livelihoods and considers all capitals, albeit to different extents. Further, it argues that the Fair Trade system decreases producer... (More)
This thesis explores the relationship between the Fair Trade system and producers' vulnerability to climate change. It is African focused, using material collected in Senegal, and as such looks at what adaptation strategies and resilience building potential the movement has using the Sustainable Livelihood Approach. It outlines the current environmental awareness of the movement, what climatic risks the producers are facing and it systematically relates Fair Trade activities to all five Sustainable Livelihood Approach capitals. It argues that the Fair Trade movement has a holistic approach to sustainable livelihoods and considers all capitals, albeit to different extents. Further, it argues that the Fair Trade system decreases producer vulnerability to risks, such as climate change induced problems, on multiple levels. Nevertheless, it recommends the movement to focus more on areas such as considering greenhouse gas emissions in its activities, working towards facilitating regional, namely South-South trade, strengthening information sharing systems and investing in risk planning and producer skills for facing future climate variability. (Less)
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author
Sjölund, Hanna LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Building a Low Carbon Economy in a Rural African Community
course
HEKM10 20111
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
capital, sustainable livelihood, resilience, adaptation, vulnerability, climate change, Fair Trade
language
English
id
1961579
date added to LUP
2011-09-07 14:38:10
date last changed
2011-09-07 14:38:10
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  abstract     = {This thesis explores the relationship between the Fair Trade system and producers' vulnerability to climate change. It is African focused, using material collected in Senegal, and as such looks at what adaptation strategies and resilience building potential the movement has using the Sustainable Livelihood Approach. It outlines the current environmental awareness of the movement, what climatic risks the producers are facing and it systematically relates Fair Trade activities to all five Sustainable Livelihood Approach capitals. It argues that the Fair Trade movement has a holistic approach to sustainable livelihoods and considers all capitals, albeit to different extents. Further, it argues that the Fair Trade system decreases producer vulnerability to risks, such as climate change induced problems, on multiple levels. Nevertheless, it recommends the movement to focus more on areas such as considering greenhouse gas emissions in its activities, working towards facilitating regional, namely South-South trade, strengthening information sharing systems and investing in risk planning and producer skills for facing future climate variability.},
  author       = {Sjölund, Hanna},
  keyword      = {capital,sustainable livelihood,resilience,adaptation,vulnerability,climate change,Fair Trade},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Fair Trade's Role in Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change},
  year         = {2011},
}