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3ie-LIDC Seminar: Do agricultural certification schemes benefit producers and workers in developing countries? A systematic review

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 12:30 to 14:00
Birkbeck School of Arts, Room B04, 43 Gordon Square
Carlos Oya and Florian Schäfer

The 3ie-LIDC seminar series ‘What works in international development’ explores key issues in impact evaluation of development interventions. It has been running on a monthly basis since January 2011, attracting a large and diverse audience of academics, policy-makers (predominantly from DFID) and development practitioners (international NGOs such as Save the Children, Oxfam, Sightsavers). In each seminar one or two researchers present their results of impact evaluations, systematic review or methodological contribution followed by discussion and questions. The seminar is usually held on Wednesday evenings or afternoons and is hosted by LIDC or one of its member colleges in central London (Bloomsbury).

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Do agricultural certification schemes benefit producers and workers in developing countries? A systematic review


Certification schemes set and monitor voluntary standards to make agricultural production socially sustainable and agricultural trade fairer for producers and workers. This paper presents the results of a systematic review to assess whether certification schemes work for the wellbeing of agricultural producers and workers in low- and middle income countries. The results of the review are based on 43 studies used for analysing quantitative effects, and a meta-ethnography of 136 qualitative studies for synthesizing barriers, enablers and other contextual factors. The reviews findings regarding the effect of certification schemes on prices, agricultural income, household income, wages, school attendance and illness will be presented.


Carlos Oya is Reader in Political Economy of Development at SOAS, University of London. He has also lectured at the University Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, Universidad Complutense (Madrid), and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He worked for several years in government in Mozambique, where he also did extensive field research on rural labour markets and rural poverty.

Florian Schäfer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, from where he also obtained his PhD. His main research interests are the political economy of industrialisation and agrarian change, the development of entrepreneurship and labour markets, and empirical research methods. Much of this research focuses on Ethiopia, where Florian has lived and worked in for several years.

Discussant: Kristin Komives, Director of Impacts and ISEAL’s resident expert on the Impacts Code


Free and open to all. First come first serve basis. Register here.