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Confronting the Coffee CrisisFair Trade, Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Mexico and Central America$
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Christopher M Bacon, V. Ernesto Mendez, Stephen R Gliessman, David Goodman, and Jonathan A Fox

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026338

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026338.001.0001

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Cultivating Sustainable Coffee: Persistent Paradoxes

Cultivating Sustainable Coffee: Persistent Paradoxes

(p.337) 14 Cultivating Sustainable Coffee: Persistent Paradoxes
Confronting the Coffee Crisis

Christopher M. Bacon

V. Ernesto Méndez

Jonathan A. Fox

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the relationship and interconnections among changing the livelihoods of farmers, initiatives for sustainable coffee, and the production of shade-grown coffee. It examines the advantages and opportunities for farmers and producers engaged in coffee certification and diversification programs. The role of Fair Trade and organic networks in creating awareness of biodiversity conservation, the social and environment costs of coffee systems, and the need for supporting small farmers are also discussed. The methods to increase accountability and improve the efficiency of coffee cooperatives are presented in this chapter, as are the importance of understanding the sustainability initiatives and their implications for the regulators, along with the use of land patterns for coffee cultivation.

Keywords:   sustainable coffee, shade-grown coffee, Fair Trade, coffee certification, biodiversity conservation, coffee cooperatives, sustainability initiatives

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