Trading Stories

Experiences with Gender and Trade

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Through twenty regional and country case studies, Trading Stories pulls together the key links between trade, gender and economic development. Ten case studies focus on the gender impacts of trade policies, detailing differential consequences on men and women; and ten focus on linking women with global markets – including FairTrade, organic, niche and mainstream markets – through a range of best practices involving government, NGOs, people’s organisations and associations, private sector and international agencies.

The book draws on three recent Commonwealth Secretariat publications on gender and trade: Gender Mainstreaming in the Multilateral Trading System; Chains of Fortune: Linking Women Producers and Workers with Global Markets; and Gender and Trade Action Guide and is a useful addition to the growing body of evidence that will help governments to effectively mainstream gender in their trade policy.



Cultivating Organic Coffee: Challenges for Small Farmers in Jamaica

Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is one of the country’s premier exports. It is also one of the most expensive coffees in the world, often selling for US$35–40 per pound. It can thus provide an income for small farmers, as well as employment opportunities for agricultural labourers. However, many challenges are involved in supplying the domestic and – especially – export markets. This case study looks at experiences of exporting organic Blue Mountain Coffee from the perspective of a small-scale woman farmer who owns and operates the six-acre Rowan’s Royale Organic Farm.


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