Market Access, Organic Farming and Productivity: The Effects of Fair Trade Affiliation on Thai Farmer Producer Groups

24 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2012

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Leonardo Becchetti

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics

Pierluigi Conzo

University of Turin - Department of Economics and Statistics; Collegio Carlo Alberto

Giuseppina Gianfreda

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 2012

Abstract

The study analyses the impact of Fair Trade (FT) and organic farming on a sample of FT rice producers in Thailand. It finds that per capita income from agriculture is positively and significantly affected by years of organic certification and FT affiliation. The estimated FT and organic certification contributions to producers’ economic well‐being are higher when account is taken of the relatively higher proportion of self‐consumption among affiliated farmers. But the per capita income effect does not translate into higher productivity owing to a concurrent increase in hours worked.

Keywords: Fair Trade, organic production, productivity, small business

Suggested Citation

Becchetti, Leonardo and Conzo, Pierluigi and Gianfreda, Giuseppina, Market Access, Organic Farming and Productivity: The Effects of Fair Trade Affiliation on Thai Farmer Producer Groups (January 2012). Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 56, Issue 1, pp. 117-140, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1979271 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8489.2011.00574.x

Leonardo Becchetti (Contact Author)

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Pierluigi Conzo

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Giuseppina Gianfreda

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