Why ‘place’ matters in the development and impacts of Fairtrade production

David Bek, Cheryl McEwan, Alex Hughes, Zaitun Rosenberg

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This chapter examines the importance of place for the cultural and environmental
dynamics shaping Fairtrade cooperatives. It draws on a case study of the Eksteenskuil
Agricultural Cooperative (EAC) in South Africa’s Northern Cape, which supplies
Fairtrade raisins to Traidcraft plc, one of the UK’s leading Fairtrade organizations. It
examines how the histories and geographies of place continually challenge and redefine
the meaning and effectiveness of Fairtrade. It concludes with a number of recommendations
for both Fairtrade organizations in general and EAC/Traidcraft specifically.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFairtrade Impacts
Subtitle of host publicationlessons from around the world
EditorsValerie Nelson
PublisherPractical Action Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-1853399060
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • South Africa
  • Fairtrade
  • place
  • geography
  • history
  • Traidcraft

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