Fair trade mineral programs in sub-saharan africa: Some critical reflections

Gavin Hilson, Roy Maconachie

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Abstract

This chapter questions how Fair Trade is being ‘operationalized’ in the mining context in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the past two decades, a global Fair Trade movement has galvanized in response to the struggles endured by the developing world’s subsistence farmers. Organizations comprising the umbrella body, Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International (FLO),1 including Fair Trade Foundation UK, have worked to connect these producers to ‘socially and environmentally conscious consumers in the North’ (Murray et al., 2006: 180). In 2009 alone, sales of Fair Trade products, including various teas, coffees and fruit, exceeded US$4.2 billion.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNatural Resource Extraction and Indigenous Livelihoods
Subtitle of host publicationDevelopment Challenges in an Era of Globalization
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages261-272
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781317089711
ISBN (Print)9781409437772
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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