(December 19, 2011) According to founder, Lawrence Solomon, the niche coffee market Green Beanery supports, opens up a world of taste that allows small, independent coffee farmers around the globe to flourish, which, in turn, ensures genetic diversity in the Earth’s store of coffee.
Feeling Pretty Good About Your Choice to Purchase ‘Fair Trade’ Coffee? Don’t.
(July 6, 2011) As is so often the case, regulations engender unitended consequences, hypocrisies, and hurdles that more often than not end up harming the little guy.
Lawrence Solomon: Fair-trade coffee producers often end up poorer
(May 14, 2011) Coffee is one of our guilty pleasures, and not only because of the calories that can be packed into a double latte. Many of us feel guilty that our pleasure is coming at the expense of the Third World coffee farmer, so much so that we gladly pay more for “fair trade” coffee, which certifies that farmers receive more revenue for their crop.
Fair Prices for Farmers: Simple Idea, Complex Reality
Despite good intentions, most consumers who shop according to their social convictions don’t know how much of their money makes it to the people they hope to help. Critics say too many fair trade dollars wind up in the pockets of retailers and middlemen, including nonprofit organizations.
Sustainable coffee at the crossroads
Coffee is one of the most powerful and universal commodities in the world today. It is the second most traded commodity after petroleum and a vital source of export earnings for many of the developing countries that grow it.
The U.S. Organic Market: Size, Trends, and Implications for Central American Agricultural Exports
A review and analysis of what is known about the U.S. organic market and expectations for its growth and development.
Discussion on organic coffee in the year 2000
This document examines the world organic coffee scene by following up and expanding on what was said in the round table discussion. It is based on a compilation of information from a variety of unofficial sources with links to the organic coffee market. The statistical value of the data presented should, therefore, be treated with caution and should only serve as a rough guide.
Rapid commodity assessment series: Coffee production in Haiti
A look at coffee production in Haiti, prepared for the USAID-funded Haiti hillside agricultural program.
Mugged: Poverty in your coffee cup
There is a crisis destroying the livelihoods of 25 million coffee producers around the world. The price of coffee has fallen by almost 50 percent in the past three years to a 30-year low. Long-term prospects are grim. Developing-country coffee farmers, mostly poor smallholders, now sell their coffee beans for much less than they cost to produce – only 60 percent of production costs in Vietnam’s Dak Lak Province, for example. Farmers sell at a heavy loss while branded coffee sells at a hefty profit. The coffee crisis has become a development disaster whose impacts will be felt for a long time.
Coffee Markets in East Africa: Local Responses to Global Challenges or Global Responses to Local Challenges?
To what extent is global economic change mediated by national-level policies? Are global corporations adopting the same strategies in different countries or do they address varying local circumstances in different ways? Do governments in developing countries have any meaningful regulatory powers left? How can they use them to the advantage of their citizens? This paper seeks to address some of these issues by studying the dynamics of coffee market reforms in three East African countries against the background of the recent restructuring of the global coffee marketing chain. The paper focuses on two relatively neglected areas of inquiry: (1) changes in the identity, market share and organization of actors involved in commodity markets and their contractual/power relationships in the marketing chain; and (2) changes in the assessment, monitoring, and valuation of quality parameters in commodity trade. The author highlights the consequences of different trajectories of domestic market reforms and assesses the strategic choices available to producing country governments vis à vis corporate power and donor pressure towards liberalization and deregulation.
Scarcity and surfeit, conflict and coffee in Burundi
This study re-examines the conflict in Burundi and the conflict management initiatives and processes aimed at mitigating it in the light of the contribution of environmental and ecological factors in causing violence.
Fair Trade in the Windward Islands
The first Fair Trade banana from the Windward Islands was shipped in July 2000. Farmers were able to see that Fair Trade can work and that it brings a lot of benefits.
2003 report on Fair Trade
The second annual Report on Fair Trade Trends provides an overview of the Fair Trade movement in North America and the Pacific Rim.
The Global Coffee Trade
When you buy your daily cappuccino, the farmer who grew the coffee beans receives less than one percent of what you pay for it. About 6 percent of the price you pay for coffee in the supermarket goes to the farmer.
Vietnam and the world coffee crisis: Local coffee riots in a global context
A look at the global coffee crisis and what caused it.