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In this paper I explore the relation between the fair trade market in the North and producer cooperatives in the South. I specifically focus on three agricultural cooperatives in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and South Africa to look at the role of the fair trade market and the state in promoting cooperative trade. Fair trade has gained considerable popularity among Northern consumers in the last decade. For many consumers, the assumption is that buying fair trade ensures producers in the South receive adoi:10.1080/02589001.2012.752958 fatcat:g5vkpzbvqvatbo4cxu6lkzs72m