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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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Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Can Fair Trade, Organic, and Specialty Coffees Reduce the Vulnerability of Small-Scale Farmers in Northern Nicaragua?

Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Can Fair Trade, Organic, and Specialty Coffees Reduce the Vulnerability of Small-Scale Farmers in Northern Nicaragua?

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Confronting the Coffee Crisis
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Christopher M. Bacon

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026338.003.0007

This chapter examines the impact of the decrease in coffee commodity prices, along with changes in the global coffee market, on northern Nicaragua’s small-scale coffee farmers. It discusses changes in the global coffee trade tendencies, which include the dismantling of the International Coffee Agreement, specialty coffee’s rapid growth, and organic and Fair Trade coffees. A framework of the theories linking price shocks and small-scale farmer livelihoods is applied to farmer typology, helping to reveal the consequences of the coffee crisis. The chapter discusses the vulnerability of the farmers selling Fair Trade and organic coffees to conventional coffee markets, and also discusses the strategies to reduce this.

Keywords:   coffee commodity prices, global coffee market, coffee farmers, International Coffee Agreement, Fair Trade coffees, farmer typology, organic coffees

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