Fair trade coffee: building producer capacity via global networks
Article first published online: 8 NOV 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Volume 16, Issue 8, pages 1109–1121, November 2004
How to Cite
Raynolds, L. T., Murray, D. and Leigh Taylor, P. (2004), Fair trade coffee: building producer capacity via global networks. J. Int. Dev., 16: 1109–1121. doi: 10.1002/jid.1136
- Issue published online: 8 NOV 2004
- Article first published online: 8 NOV 2004
This article examines the ongoing rapid expansion in Fair Trade coffee networks linking Northern consumers with producers in the global South. We provide a comparative analysis of the experiences of seven coffee producer co-operatives in Latin America, identifying the characteristics which facilitate successful integration into Fair Trade networks. Our analysis finds that coffee organizations, communities and producers derive important material and non-material benefits from Fair Trade. We conclude that while the financial benefits of Fair Trade appear the most important in the short run, it is the capacity building nature of Fair Trade that will prove the most important in fueling sustainable development in the long run. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.