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How to do (and how not to do) fieldwork on Fair Trade and rural poverty

Cramer, Christopher and Johnston, Deborah and Mueller, Bernd and Oya, Carlos and Sender, John (2014) 'How to do (and how not to do) fieldwork on Fair Trade and rural poverty.' Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 35 (1). pp. 170-185.

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The Fair Trade, Employment and Poverty Reduction (FTEPR) project investigated poverty dynamics in rural Ethiopia and Uganda. When designing fieldwork to capture poor people often missing from standard surveys, several methodological challenges were identified and, in response, four decisions were made. First, FTEPR focused on wage workers rather than farmers and improved on standard questionnaires when collecting labour market information. Second, researchers adopted contrastive venue-based sampling. Third, sampling was based on clearly identifiable “residential units” rather than unreliable official registers of “households”. Fourth, an economic definition of “household” was used rather than the more common definition based on residential criteria.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Economics
ISSN: 02255189
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/02255189.2014.873022
Depositing User: Carlos Oya
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2014 15:45
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/18350


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