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DFID-funded Fairtrade research presented in Ethiopia and Uganda

21 November 2013

SOAS scholars presented findings from the ‘Fair Trade, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia and Uganda’ project to local audiences in Kampala and Addis Ababa earlier this month.

The four-year project, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), collected detailed micro-level evidence from areas producing agricultural exports on how rural labour markets affect poor people’s lives.

The aim of the project is to make a detailed case for new, cost-effective interventions directly targeted to improve the standards of living of the poorest people involved in agricultural export commodity production.

The research was presented by Christopher Cramer, Professor of the Political Economy of Development; Dr Deborah Johnston, Lecturer in Development Economics; Dr Carlos Oya, Senior Lecturer in the Political Economy of Development and John Sender, Professor of Economics with Reference to Africa.

The local audience in Ethiopia and Uganda included senior government ministers, sector specialists, those directly involved in Fairtrade and donor representatives.

Full findings will be released at the end of 2013 when the final project report is submitted to DFID