Reports propose new living wage benchmarks for Malawi, So. Africa & Dominican Republic

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24 July 2014

Dominican Rep.: NGOs' study uses new methodology to estimate living wage in banana growing region to improve workers' conditions

Author: Richard Anker & Martha Anker, Fairtrade International and Social Accountability International, October 2013

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24 July 2014

[PDF] Executive summary: Living Wage for Rural Malawi with Focus on Tea Growing area of Southern Malawi

Author: Richard Anker & Martha Anker, for Fairtrade International, Sustainable Agriculture Network/Rainforest Alliance & UTZ Certified January 2014

As demonstrated in this report, tea estate wages in Malawi are too low at present to support a decent life style.This is despite large recent increases in wages and the conservative assumptions we used to estimate our living wage. This situation needs to be viewed in context. Malawi is the 8th poorest country in the world. And, tea estate jobare relatively good jobs for rural Malawi. Not only are they among the few jobs available, they also pay more than statutory agricultural minimum wage...[T]ea is an internationally traded good bought by people in high income countries who expect minimum standards such as those in codes of practice of standard setting/certification organizations--which means that wages on tea estates need to increase.

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24 July 2014

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Author: Author: Richard Anker & Martha Anker, for Fairtrade International, Sustainable Agriculture Network/Rainforest Alliance & UTZ Certified January 2014

"Report: Living Wage for Rural Malawi with Focus on Tea Growing Area of Southern Malawi"

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