Status of Markets for Organic and Fair Trade commodities in Agriculture and its Impact for Developing Countries: A Meta-Analysis
Dr. Priyanka Parvathi
Institut für Entwicklungs- und Agrarökonomik
Leibniz Universität Hannover
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Organic farming and Fair trade certified commodities considered as catering to niche markets is growing rapidly. Although not on the forefront of debates on food security and agricultural development this topic is underrated in scientific analysis. Environmentally sound and more equitable certification systems offer benefits for small scale farmers and the society at large. Organic and fair trade certified commodities are predominantly produced in the developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America to cater to the environmentally and socially conscious consumers in Europe and North America. Thereby these systems also capture the interdependence between the developed and the developing nations in addressing eco-friendly and sustainable development. So far research has treated the two systems separately and little is known on whether adopting both systems in combination is more beneficial for smallholder farmers in developing countries. Also it needs to be explored if consumers are willing to pay more for a product that is both organic and fair trade certified. Hence, this project has twofold objectives namely, a) to assess the welfare impacts of the combined adoption of organic and fair trade certification on smallholder livelihoods in developing countries and b) to examine the willingness to pay for such certified produce by the consumers in the developed world. The findings of this project will be published as a book. The Institute has been approached earlier by CABI publishers, a leading publishing house in the field of international development in food and agriculture, based in the UK, soliciting our willingness to publish a book on this topic.