Fair Trade Coffee : A Case Study Deliberating the Direction of Economics and Policy Impacting Impoverished Production Communities

TitleFair Trade Coffee : A Case Study Deliberating the Direction of Economics and Policy Impacting Impoverished Production Communities
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsMba, AA, Cruse, M, Romkema, E, Lu, L, Ponteri, A, Ogawa, T
Corporate AuthorsIowa Sta te University,
Pagination35 p.
Date Published2008
PublisherIowa State University
Publication LanguageEnglish
KeywordsAGRICULTURE , BUSINESS ethics , ECONOMICS , ENVIRONMENTAL policy , Social Justice
AbstractThis case looks at fair trade coffee and asks if farmers are actually benefiting by the high prices paid by Western consumers who purchase coffee beans marked "fair trade." The case study will be presented to the World Trade Organization in the format of a public forum on developing trade policy around the world. Participants will be assigned to one of the three groups and each group presented in this case study supports fair trade, argues against it, or provides alternative ways to have a better fair trade system. Since this case study uses a role-playing method, all the participants are asked to familiarize themselves with the position of a group they are assigned to, and to support its arguments even if they do not personally agree with the particular positions. Participants will represent one of the following groups: CATO Institute, TransFair USA, or Community Agroecology Network.
URLhttp://www.public.iastate.edu/~ethics/FairTrade.pdf
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