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Tallontire, Anne and Dolan, Catherine and Barrientos, Stephanie and Smith, Sally (2005) 'Reaching the Marginalised? Gender, Value Chains and Ethical Trade in African Horticulture.' Development in Practice, 15 (3&4). pp. 559-571.

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Abstract

Ethical trade, through codes of practice, forms an important part of the value chains for horticultural products sourced from Africa by major European buyers. This paper explores the relationship between value chains in the horticultural sector, the employment patterns of African producers, and the process of code implementation from a gender perspective. It asks whether, in the context of the gendered economy, codes alone can improve working conditions for all workers. Using case studies of Kenyan flowers, South African fruit, and Zambian flowers and vegetables, the article highlights the implications of flexible employment strategies for workers, and shows that social codes have not necessarily achieved better outcomes for women and informal workers, owing to the gendered economy. Ultimately, it is only by addressing the local gendered economy that the employment conditions of all workers, including those of marginal workers and women, are likely to improve.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISSN: 13649213
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1080/09614520500075771
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2015 12:45
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19455

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