Gender, Health, and Fairtrade: Insights From a Research-Action Programme in Nicaragua

Citation:

Hanson, Lori, Vincent Terstappen, Christopher M. Bacon, Jannie Leung, Alejandra Ganem-Cuenca, Sandro Raúl Díaz Flores, and María Asunción Meza Rojas. 2012. “Gender, Health, and Fairtrade: Insights From a Research-Action Programme in Nicaragua.” Development in Practice 22 (2): 164–79. doi:10.1080/09614524.2012.640981.

Authors: Lori Hanson, Vincent Terstappen, Christopher M. Bacon, Jannie Leung, Alejandra Ganem-Cuenca, Sandro Raúl Díaz Flores, María Asunción Meza Rojas

Abstract:

The present article provides evidence from a collaborative research programme in Nicaragua that suggests that Fairtrade is falling short of its equity-promoting potential. Providing an alternative framing of Fairtrade based on the gendered social determinants of health, it suggests how Fairtrade can be optimised towards equity. The programme is based on experiences of community-based organisations and women coffee producers who perceive contradictions in the rhetoric of gender equity in Fairtrade. To orient future action and research towards more equitable and empowering possibilities for Fairtrade coffee producers, the framework illuminates the gendered nature of the contexts, activities, and impacts of Fairtrade.

Keywords: civil society, Gender and Diversity, Globalisation, Labour and livelihoods

Topics: Economies, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Gender Equity, Health Regions: Americas, Central America Countries: Nicaragua

Year: 2012

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