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Starbucks more help than Fairtrade, report says

by a staff reporter

MULTINATIONAL companies such as Starbucks do more good for poor coffee-farmers than the Fairtrade movement, a report by a free-market think tank suggests.

In Fair Trade Without the Froth, released on Thursday of last week, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) says that “fair trade does not focus on the poorest countries. . . penetration is greater in middle-income than in poor countries.” The author of the report, Sushil Mohan, a lecturer at the University of Dundee, also ...

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