Applying 'fair trade' to British upland agriculture

Mansfield, Lois and Peck, Frank (2013) Applying 'fair trade' to British upland agriculture. Outlook on Agriculture, 42 (3). pp. 163-170.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5367/oa.2013.0135

Abstract

Fair trade seeks to ensure that disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries get a better deal for their produce on the world stage. A particular feature of the scheme is the setting of a minimum price between producer and purchaser. While many recognize the validity of such an approach for developing countries, the issues that fair trade seeks to address resonate strongly with the marginal farming communities of British uplands. This paper considers the validity of applying fair trade principles to the case of upland farm businesses in Cumbria. The authors consider the economic, environmental and social contexts of these businesses, followed by a critical appraisal of fair trade principles and the issue of local food production. Finally, they suggest possible mechanisms that could be adopted using fair trade principles to develop a more sustainable farming economy in this marginal area.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Outlook on Agriculture
Publisher: IP Publishing
ISSN: 2043-6866
Departments: Centre for Regional Economic Development
Faculty of Health and Science > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Lois Mansfield
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 15:01
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2017 20:57
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2227

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