IBF Discussion paper
IBF has published a discussion paper ‘The Living Wage approach in agriculture’.
This paper explores how the concept ‘Living Wage’ that is used in industry, can be applied in agriculture as well. Use of this concept may be useful to arrive at a calculation of ‘fair’ prices the agricultural producer should receive for his products.
Farmer with tool in India (Kerala)
Based on existing Living Wage definitions, an example is provided how the Living Wage has been calculated in India. Ideas are developed how to combine Living Wage and production costs in agriculture. The result is a combination of both an ethical approach and market prices that result from supply and demand. Use of the Living Wage concept in agriculture and rural development may result in a better understanding and more problem-oriented solutions at policy level.
The discussion paper can be found at http://www.share4dev.info/kb/documents/5142.pdf