Mr. Pa Chanroeun, MA Ph.
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(A paper presented in the 9th Socio-Cultural Research Congress on Cambodia, RUPP)
Fair Trade is still an emerging trading form in Cambodia. This paper presents an overview of Fair Trade; specifically the research focused on the nature, principles, significance, current trends, and challenges of the Fair Trade process. The main objective of this documentary and analytical study is to provide informed perspectives on Fair Trade in order to raise public awareness about this form of trading and to reflect on the lessons learned globally and how Fair Trade can work to reduce poverty and towards sustainable development in Cambodia. Trading is one of the most effective means to improve the standard of living and the quality of life of people. Globally free trade has been on most agendas however, more quietly, another global movement, involving millions of consumers, has developed as well called Fair Trade. Fair Trade is a trading paradigm that aims to fight poverty through trade and has been evidentially active for over 40 years. Fair Trade is a different approach to conventional international trade. It is a trading partnership which aims at sustainable development for marginalized and disadvantaged producers in developing countries. It seeks to do this by providing better trading conditions, by awareness-raising and campaigning. The primary goal of Fair Trade has been about creating market opportunities and developing the Northern markets for products from marginalized producers in developing countries.
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