Does certification provide sufficient benefits?


Does certification provide sufficient benefits?

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28 juli 2015

Improvement in the position of small farmers within international chains is limited and the search is on for different forms of collaboration between the stakeholders within these chains. One of the most important limitations of nearly all certification systems is that little or no change has occurred in the distribution of value added within chains. Coffee growers still only receive 6 to 8 percent of the final price that consumers pay for coffee. For cocoa and cotton, the percentage is even smaller. More than three quarters of net profits go to traders, processors and supermarkets. Certification labels have brought about no change in this.

Fair trade is the subject of much discussion. Ruerd Ruben has spent many years studying its effects on farmers and explains the most important aspects of the debate in Vice Versa magazine.

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