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Mugged

By Charis Gresser,Sophia Tickell
ISBN: 9780855985271
This accessible report, with illustrations and many visual aids, outlines the extent of the crisis in the coffee market and the reasons behind it, and presents a strategy for action.

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  • Synopsis
    There is a crisis destroying the livelihoods of 25 million coffee producers around the world. The price of coffee has fallen by almost 50 per cent in the past three years to a 30-year low. 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. Families dependent on the money generated by coffee are pulling their children, especially girls, out of school. They can no longer afford basic medicines, and are cutting back on food. Beyond farming families, coffee traders are going out of business. National economies are suffering and some banks are collapsing. Government funds are being squeezed dry, putting pressure on health and education and forcing governments further into debt. The scale of the solution needs to be commensurate with the scale of the crisis. Oxfam is calling for a Coffee Rescue Plan to make the coffee market work for the poor as well as the rich. The plan needs to bring together the major players in coffee to overcome the current crisis and create a more stable market. This accessible report, with illustrations and many visual aids, outlines the extent of the crisis in the coffee market and the reasons behind it, and presents a strategy for action.
  • Table of Contents
    Intensive farming techniques reduce quality and degrade the land
    No alternatives: declining commodities and the failure of rural development
    Lack of alternatives to coffee as a cash crop
    Depending on declining commodities
    Too little value captured
    Failure to deliver on rural development
    Inadequate regulation
    Farmers' and workers' organisation under attack
    Scarce information
    Too little training and support
    Bad loans, no new credit
    Weak rural infastructure
    Declining aid and double standards: farmers betrayed by the donors

    3. Niche markets - an escape route? Not for all
    Fair Trade: a glimmer of hope
    Specialty brands capturing high value
    Running for the same exit?
    No grounds for inertia

    4.Getting out of crisis: a strategy for action
    Restore the balance of supply and demand
    Restore quality and raise productivity
    Raise prices, revive livelihoods
    Retain and build value-adding capacity
    Establish real alternatives for rural development

    Conclusion
    Recommendations: A Coffee Rescue Plan
    Notes
    Background research
    Oxfam's work with coffee producers
    Oxfam International contact details.
  • Details
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    Author Charis Gresser,Sophia Tickell
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 58
    Format Paperback / softback