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A decent day’s pay for a decent day’s work: Lessons to be learnt from fair trade small producers’ experiences in global markets

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Ribeiro-Duthie, AC, A decent day's pay for a decent day's work: Lessons to be learnt from fair trade small producers' experiences in global markets, Towards Impact Sustainability: Actioning the Global Goals in Science, Curriculum and Practice, United Nations University, IB Franco and E Derbyshire (ed), pp. 1-10. (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. The theoretical framework from Evolutionary Economics is reviewed and used to facilitate the understanding of developing countries’ economic aspects. The relations to sustainable development actions are addressed through case studies centered on fair trade initiatives – a market solution that links developed and developing economies through production and trade relations based on good market practices. In a model that seeks to address inequalities generated by conventional trade, the fair trade standard assures stable prices and income together with decent work conditions for small producers from developing economies. The methodological approach of this qualitative study was a literature review associated with a comparative analysis of case studies published about fair trade certified small-scale producers. Small rice farmers from Thailand and small quinoa farmers from Bolivia are presented to illustrate the potential to produce social benefits within a sustainable development framework proposed by the fair trade model. Drawing from both case studies, the chapter ends with recommendations for multilateral trade agreements and policies design regarding agriculture development.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:sustainable development goals, economic growth, decent work conditions, evolutionary economics, fair trade, social change
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied Economics
Research Field:Economic Development and Growth
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards
Objective Field:Trade and Environment
UTAS Author:Ribeiro-Duthie, AC (Mrs Ana Ribeiro-Duthie)
ID Code:134388
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-08-11
Last Modified:2019-08-14
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