Lead article of the rport (approx 7 mins) – interesting on both sides, and fair. Exresses much of what we have experienced on the ground and been saying for years. Worth a listen.
From Peter Griffiths:
Fairtrade Foundation UK will not appear on a platform with me because I produce hard research evidence and they produce only anecdotes, so the BBC got someone from the Netherlands. Note that he does not give figures for extra amount paid by consumers, amount going to the Third World, or any extra amount paid to farmers. Nor does he suggest that there is any impact study meeting the standards of the development agencies (there are not). And he does not mention that the Chief Executive of Fairtrade International and a range of researchers have said that the auditing and monitoring of the system is woeful.