What a certificate is worth. The social impact of Fairtrade on cacao producers in Ecuador

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What a certificate is worth. The social impact of Fairtrade on cacao producers in Ecuador

Type: Master thesis
Title: What a certificate is worth. The social impact of Fairtrade on cacao producers in Ecuador
Author: Schipper, Noraini
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Fairtrade
Ecuador
cacao
certification
cooperatives
Abstract: Our demand for cheap food also has a large impact on the producers in the South; they are working under severe pressure to keep the production costs low, resulting in crop-prices below minimum level, child labour, and the use of chemicals. The Fairtrade Labelling Organization claims to improve the working conditions of those farmers. The main goal of this thesis is to show the impact of the certification on cacao producers and their families in Ecuador, and which role cooperatives have in the Fairtrade network. The corresponding hypothesis was that the cacao producers in Ecuador have more access to social services and education, due to the improvement of their livelihoods with the certificate, while the Fairtrade benefits are a complex process, and the role of cooperatives is crucial.
Supervisor: Solheim, Havar
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Latin American Studies (Master)
Specialisation: Public Policies
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/51567
 

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