The Future of Fair Trade Coffee: Dilemmas Facing Latin Americas Small-Scale Producers

Douglas Murray, Laura Raynolds, and Peter Taylor
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This study explores some of the dilemmas facing the Fair Trade movement as it seeks to broaden and deepen its impact among the rural poor of Latin America's coffee sector.
The study is based on two years' research and seven case studies of Mexican and Central American small scale farmer cooperatives producing coffee for the Fair Trade market. It highlights how the efforts to broaden Fair Trade's economic impact among poor, small-scale producers are also creating challenges in deepening the political impact of a movement based on social justice and environmental sustainability.