Academic Discussion Forum #4: “Fair trade from the pacific countries’ perspective”
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 // The University of Adelaide – North Tce campus, Board Room, School of Economics, Level 3 // 13.00-14.30 //Uwe Kaufmann, Phd Candidate
Uwa Kauffman, a PhD student of school of economics, gives his presentation about “The (unexpected) consequence of Fair Trade in the Pacific’s perspective”. Before given the presentation, participants are asked if they are familiar with the idea of fair trade, having experience of buying fair trade products, and agreeing with the University of Adelaide’s interest of becoming a fair-trade university in Australia. Most of participants support the idea.
On his presentation, Uwa Kauffman explains the principles of fair trade as well as its objectives, how the fair trade movement accommodates important player in the value chain (i.e producers, traders, intermediaries), promotes the certified fair-trade products, and raises consumers’ awareness to establish a potential market of fair-trade products. In addition, the products fair-trade-certified do not always represent quality since the quality term does not clearly exist in the principles.