Unfair trade: Ethical food is not lifting Third World farmers out of poverty

The Daily Mail looks at the IEA's latest research paper

Sales of its food have boomed on the back of promises that it delivers a fair price and decent working conditions to Third World farmers.

But Fairtrade products are failing to lift the farmers out of poverty, according to a study published today.

Less than 25 per cent of the price premium paid by shoppers for Fairtrade’s ‘ethical food’, such as coffee and chocolate, reaches the farmer, the controversial think-tank report suggests

The study from the Institute of Economic Affairs says the high cost of joining the scheme prevents many of the poorest farmers from becoming members.

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