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Fair trade and staple foods: A systematic review

Ribeiro-Duthie, AC, Gale, F ORCID: 0000-0001-6759-6759 and Murphy-Gregory, H ORCID: 0000-0002-9993-3331 2020 , 'Fair trade and staple foods: A systematic review' , The Journal of Cleaner Production , doi:

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Sustainability certification schemes such as FAIRTRADE, FLO, WFTO and FT-USA have gainedincreasing markets. The significant growth of the fair trade (FT) movement in the last decades drawsattention to ethical consumption. FT’s aim at improving the livelihoods of producers in developingcountries and promotion of social change is considered a model that shows the benefits of trade todevelopment. Although conveying a large number of publications, not all questions about themovement are explored. The literature is prolific on coffee, cacao, flowers, wine, and gold. Incontrast, the engagement with staple foods – a prominent globally traded food category – seemsminor. The primary objective of this review was to map the existing literature about FT and staplefoods; then, to investigate the role of staple foods in the FT movement. The search strategy wasdesigned to retrieve publications on the intersection of FT and staple foods. To date, there is noreview about FT and staple foods nexus. Our systematic review addressed this gap considering FT asan alternative capable of addressing unsustainable food consumption and production impacts. Ourresearch protocol included keywords searching across four databases, screening, and comparativeanalysis. From 283 documents retrieved, 49 were deemed relevant to reflect the role of staple foods inthe FT movement. This systematic review discusses challenges and opportunities for the FT model tofurther engage with staples and recommends improvement of its environmental credentials. Thepresent study can contribute by informing decision makers, policy makers, businesses, NGOs,producers, and consumers.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Ribeiro-Duthie, AC and Gale, F and Murphy-Gregory, H
Keywords: ethical consumption, fair trade, staple foods, sustainability, sustainable development, sustainable consumption.
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Cleaner Production
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
ISSN: 0959-6526
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