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Author:Child, Amy Louise
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: M.A.
Subject: International trade, Competition, Unfair -- Fiji, Sugar workers -- Fiji
Date: 2016
Call No.: pac HF 1379 .C45 2016
BRN: 1206774
Copyright:10-20% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission

Abstract: Fiji’s sugar industry faces significant challenges as a result of changes to trade with the European Union (EU), the expiration of land leases, aging infrastructure and equipment and lack of efficiency throughout the production chain. Production levels fell from a high of 4,380 tonnes in 1996 to a low of 1,778 tonnes in 2011, and were no longer sufficient to meet Fiji’s quota with the EU. Production has started to recover since 2011. The producers on Vanua Levu became Fairtrade Certified in 2011, followed by producers in Viti Levu in 2012, creating producer cooperatives, providing financial premiums for farm inputs, social projects and professional support. This research investigates the impact of Fairtrade certification on producer livelihoods and changes to their experience as growers. It explores the ways that Fairtrade, as a development tool, can assist in reducing industry inefficiencies, improve farmers’ power as industry stakeholders and revitalize this struggling industry. It further questions the extent to which Fairtrade may mitigate some of the negative effects of the free trade changes with the EU.
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