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Tales of the not entirely unexpected: fair trade coffee, tea and flowers in Ethiopia and Uganda

Fairtrade with Professor Chris Cramer (SOAS Alumni Weekend)
Professor Christopher Cramer

Date: 29 June 2013Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 29 June 2013Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Alumni Event

Fairly traded goods are an increasingly present in the shopping baskets of UK customers. Today, an estimated 20% of all bananas and 20% of roast and ground coffee brought in Britain are Fairtrade certified and there are many other ethical consumption initiatives all claiming to benefit those who grow our food. But do we really know nearly enough about how these schemes work, about who benefits most, and about whether they make a difference to the lives of the often very poor people who work for certified producers? Is Fairtrade really the best way to improve the living standards of the poorest people involved in agricultural export production?

Join SOAS Professor Christopher Cramer as he discusses recent SOAS research, putting the issues in a longer term historical context of ethical anxieties of consumption, from those surrounding chocolate made by William Cadbury over hundred years ago to contemporary high street cappuccinos. This engaging and interactive lecture will offer a great chance to hear first-hand the initial findings of a major DFID funded research project investigating Fairtrade experiences in Ethiopia and Uganda.

The event will be introduced by author and journalist Orla Ryan ("Chocolate Nations") and will be followed by a Q&A giving you a chance to be a part of this very topical conversation.


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Organiser: SOAS Alumni

Contact email: alumni@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4041