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Fair enough?: Women and fair trade

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2012
<mark>Journal</mark>Critical Perspectives on International Business
Issue number4
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)277-294
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Purpose – This paper considers the impact of Fair Trade on producers with particular reference to women involved in Fair Trade production.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper considers Fair Trade as an alternative to rational economic models of free trade and as a tool for development. A Gender and Development (GAD) perspective is used to assess whether Fair Trade empowers women in developing nations.
Findings – Fair Trade offers an alternative to free trade within capitalist production and has a positive impact for producers. The impact on gender relations within producer communities is limited although there are benefits for some women involved in Fair Trade production.
Research limitations/implications – The paper is based on secondary data and highlights the need for more focused research which explores the links between gender, cultural relations and Fair Trade.
Originality/value – Understanding that while Fair Trade is usually considered as a positive developmental tool, its impacts are not homogeneous and are subject to the cultural gender relations which exist in producer communities. The paper highlights the need for a more systematic and longitudinal analysis of the impact of Fair Trade for women.