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Article Type: Editorial From: Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Volume 23, Issue 5.
Welcome to another issue of MEQ.
On this editorial, I would like to refer to a new report prepared by the Canada-based International Institute of Environment and Development, which considers the problem of how to enable small-scale farmers to participate in global markets, and the role of sustainability certification schemes.
The report, titled “Pro-poor certification: assessing the benefits of sustainability certification for small-scale farmers in Asia”, explores whether certification schemes and labelling strategies for products from particular geographical areas deliver benefits to poor and marginalised farmers. The authors review the costs and benefits of a number of certification schemes, organic, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Utz certified and CAFÉ practices.
Using this review along with evidence from new case studies, the report assesses the relevance of certification schemes for coffee, tea and cotton farmers in China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. The report is available at: http://pubs.iied.org/14604IIED.html
An important document, which should be read by scientists and decision makers.
Enjoy your reading!
Walter Leal Filho