Ten days ago, the EU and four Mercosur countries signed a free trade agreement that will cover a market of 780 million consumers. However, diverging opinions on both sides of the Atlantic remain. EURACTIV's partner, Euroefe reports.
In an exclusive interview, the International Trade Centre's executive director managed expectations about fair trade, as well as broaching the subject of child labour and transparency in the value chain.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make little sense if the purchasing power of the farmers who produce coffee, cocoa or tea is disregarded, writes Fernando Morales-de la Cruz in an open letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world. 1.6 billion cups are consumed every day and the global market is worth 64 billion euros. But do coffee farmers get a fair share of the profits?
The value chain behind a cup of coffee provides a striking example that, in spite of all beautiful words about EU’s commitment to development aid, this business amounts to rude exploitation, writes Fernando Morales-de la Cruz.