Alternative production and consumption relations?: fair trade, the state, and cooperatives in the global South

  title={Alternative production and consumption relations?: fair trade, the state, and cooperatives in the global South},
  author={Michelle Williams},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary African Studies},
  pages={1 - 17}
  • Michelle Williams
  • Published 1 January 2013
  • Business, Economics
  • Journal of Contemporary African Studies
This paper explores the relation between the fair trade market in the North and producer cooperatives in the South. It specifically focuses on three agricultural cooperatives in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and South Africa to look at the way in which the fair trade market and the state have promoted or hindered alternative production in the global South. Fair trade has gained considerable popularity among Northern consumers in the last decade. For many consumers, the assumption is that buying fair… 

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