Equitable Food Initiative: Innovation to Address the Plight of Farmworkers
Author: Barbara Durr
Publication info: Keough School of Global Affairs, October 2022
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In 2008, Oxfam staff envisioned a new approach to address the poverty wages and harsh conditions of farmworkers, one of the most mistreated workforces in the United States. Oxfam created a multi-stakeholder initiative, bringing together for the first time all the key players in the fresh produce supply chain: farmworkers, growers and retailers. All of these players had a history of conflict and antagonism with each other, but they had to find a way to identify their overlapping interests and collaborate to bring about change in the fresh produce industry. Overcoming the industry’s barriers to change required valiant leadership.
Durr, Barbara, Equitable Food Initiative: Innovation to Address the Plight of Farmworkers. Keough School of Global Affairs Case Study Series. South Bend, IN: Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame, 2022. https://doi.org/10.7274/wm117m0518r