We have discussed the benefits and drawbacks of food aid. In the Core unit 2, Disparities in Wealth ad Development, we discussed the benefits and drawbacks of trade and market access.

How are food aid, free trade and increased market effective in reducing food shortages and food insecurity?

  • Fill in this table listing the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Period 2: Instead of food aid, many economists and NGOs have pointed to trade as the best way to alleviate poverty and hunger in LEDCs. The problem is that trade is not always regulated and does not always benefit all parties involved equally.

Each of you will read three of the following articles (one from each section) and evaluate their content:

Section 1:

What is Fair Trade?

Child Labor in Fair Trade

Climate Change and Fair Trade

Worker’s Rights and Fair Trade

Access to Finance and Fair Trade

Current Issues in Fair Trade

Fair Trade is good for business

Section 2:

Is trade, not aid, the answer for Africa?

Tough times as a cocoa trader

Fair Trade Bananas

Aid isn’t the answer: Africa must be allowed to trade its way out of Poverty

OXFAM’s Rigged Rules of Global Trade

Section 3:

Famine in Ethiopia Wars, Drought and Flawed Food Aid

A revolution Marches on Its Stomach

Subsidies, Food Security and Eating Right

The Indignity of Industrial Tomatoes

We will have a Socratic Seminar at the beginning of next class. on the issue of  fair trade vs aid and market access in alleviating food shortage