Agroecology Saves the Farm where Fair Trade Fails

Agroecology Saves the Farm where Fair Trade Fails

Food First describes how agroecological practices adopted by some Costa Rica farms, and fostered by the state, allowed them to fair the coffee crisis in the early 2000s, while Fair Trade prices did relatively little to support farm resilience in the midst of the crisis. The researchers emphasize that "when thinking about solutions to agrarian crises, agroecological practices that cut costs may be more effective—or perhaps a precondition—for other approaches focused on price premiums or enhancing yields."

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