FAIRTRADE has been a great success based on its rapid growth in turnover. There are, however questions that linger around the benefit to farmers compared to the turnover as well as other issues.
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A new idea that also allows the consumer to generate income for development is the Australian Shebeen. This food and drink outlet carries products that are linked to specific developing countries e.g. Tuskers from Kenya, Valdivieso Pinot Noir from Chile and Mumma Ho’s Vietnamese meatball.
It then distributes “100%” of its profits to “Not for Profits” in the country of origin of the food or drink bought.
I really like the idea, but it needs more information and transparency to understand its real benefit. Does $2 really go to development for each beer drunk as reported in one story?
what are profits – e.g. how are salaries, disbursement and reinvestment set how are “Not for Profits” selected and what is the cost of this how do normal developed country products contribute is this a once off or is it scalable – i.e. when do we see an Australian she been in Soweto
I will be following up on this over the next while.