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.

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 one of the following articles. And explain it’s content to the class.

Section 1: Fair Trade

What is Fair Trade?

Child Labor in Fair Trade

Climate Change and Fair Trade

Access to Finance and Fair Trade

Current Issues in Fair Trade

Fair Trade is good for business

Section 2: Aid

Is trade, not aid, the answer for Africa?

Tough times as a cocoa trader

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

OXFAM on Aid

Section 3: Market Access

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

In groups, answer the following question:

  • Fill in this table listing the benefits and drawbacks of each.
  • Prepare a short answer to this question:
    • How are food aid, free trade and increased market effective in reducing food shortages and food insecurity?