From a talk given to the European Coffee Symposium in Vienna by Dr Peter Griffiths. Although about coffee many of the same arguments can be made in cacao.
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Fairtrade does very little for farmers in the Third World/developing nations/Global South. It kills some. But it is very good for Western Business.
A compelling presentation about some of the shortcomings of institutionalized Fairtrade and an argument for the kinds of direct-trade alternatives that many small chocolate makers pursue. I can personally attest about the lack of documentation surrounding the monies that actually make their way to farmers.
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