The FATE project focuses on the production of export-led crops in four developing countries. The production of non-traditional agricultural exports (NTAE) such as delicate spices (ginger, cardamom) or nutritious grains (Quinoa) can generate wage labour and stimulate female employment in developing countries. These non-traditional export crops are usually both labour-intensive and high-value and often presented as the ideal pathway out of poverty, by having the potential to provide employment of the most vulnerable rural populations.
The FATE project analyses the developmental impacts and gendered implications of the growth of export-led agriculture, with a focus on the effects on rural labour markets, wages and the quality of jobs. The research also seeks to identify the conditions under which this type of employment can contribute to asset accumulation, and enhanced well-being and capabilities, or, by contrast, greater dependency and vulnerability.