Mauritian sugar farmers turn to fair trade

    | July 9, 2012

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    Faced with cuts in crop prices, sugar farmers on the island of Mauritius are turning to fair trade. Though not all Mauritian sugar farmers are convinced that fair trade works for them, many have embraced this social movement that promotes just conditions for farmers and workers. The Mauritian government is helping out by subsidizing the costs of fair trade audits.

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