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CLIP 503

Ecuador's links with transnational companies

Ecuador's links with transnational companies

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Key Info
  • Ecuador's links with transnational companies
  • Duration: 05:04
  • An explanation of how the influence of transnational companies keeps banana prices low. Begins with images of poverty in Ecuador and suggests the profits from the banana industry are drained overseas. Three key US transnationals are involved in the banana trade, and Ecuador is forced to keep prices low in order to remain competitive in the global market. This is the essence of the 'Trade Trap'. Animation is used to introduce the concept of Fair Trade, and transport and shipping are huge obstacles to progress. Concludes by describing the impact of Fair Trade on one small producer.
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  • Keywords: banana, Ecuador, agriculture, plantation, farming, primary, transnational, Fair Trade, trade trap
Ideas for use in class
  • Do Fair Trade bananas taste better? Teachers could conduct a blind testing to find out. Students could invent recipes for Fair Trade fruit - the Fair Trade Foundation website contains lots of ideas. A balanced classroom debate should include reference to criticisms of the Fair Trade movement.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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