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Unfair Trade

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Everybody would agree that fair trade is a good thing. Farmers and suppliers in the developing world should be rewarded for their hard work. Profits should be equitably shared. If only it were that simple. Conor Woodman's explosive new book shows how fair trade has become big business in itself. And, in the process, many of the principles of fair trade have become distorted. Companies sign up to fair trade schemes that yield few practical benefits in order to gain competitive advantage. Money that could go to suppliers gets wasted on bureaucracy. Schemes that would genuinely help get ditched in favour of ones that just look good on paper. To explore the practical effects of all this, Conor Woodman travels the world to witness things at first hand. He visits lobster fishermen in Nicaragua who are dying in their hundreds to keep the restaurant tables of the US well stocked. He visits farmers in the Congo who are failing to benefit from supposedly ethical trading initiatives. And he ventures into war-torn Afghanistan to show what extremes paying lip service to fair trade can lead to.
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From fair trade to unfair trade: why the world's poor continue to lose out in the global market - and what can be done about it.

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Conor Woodman is an economist, author and presenter. His first book Around the World in 80 Trades: The Adventure Capitalist and the accompanying four-part television series for Channel 4 tell the story of how he left his job, sold his London flat and embarked on a round-the-world trading adventure. Travelling through four continents in five months, he turned his hand to making a profit out of everything from camels in Sudan to inflatable surfboards in Mexico, to discover how real people make real money in real markets. Visit his website at


"Conor Woodman's Unfair Trade""is proof that economics can be both vivid and accessible. By rootling through the developing world's sweatshops, plantations and mines he explores whether Big Business can also be Ethical Business. Read this book and you will never look at the goods in a high street shop window in quite the same way."--Tim Butcher

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