Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/90622
Authors: 
Chiputwa, Brian
Qaim, Matin
Spielman, David J.
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
GlobalFood Discussion Papers 27
Abstract: 
Private standards are gaining in importance in global markets for high-value foods. We analyze and compare impacts of three sustainability oriented standards – Fairtrade, Organic, and UTZ – on the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda. Using survey data and propensity score matching with multiple treatments, we find that Fairtrade certification increases household living standards by 30% and significantly reduces the prevalence and depth of poverty. For the other two certification schemes, no significant impacts are found. Institutional factors that may explain differential impacts are discussed. Overly general statements about the effects of standards on smallholder livelihoods may be misleading.
Subjects: 
coffee
smallholder farmers
Organic
Fairtrade
impact
Uganda
Africa
JEL: 
I32
L15
O12
Q13
Q17
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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