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Gourmet "Fairtrade" coffee and its problems

"This is a story about gourmet coffee and genocide. It takes place in Rwanda...," (London) Observer, 25 February 2007, is an article by Alex Renton. Although he argues that Western coffee drinkers should buy higher priced Fairtrade (or fair trade) coffee to help poor coffee growers and their poverty stricken countries, he acknowledges problems: the farmers only get about 10% of the premium in the price that the consumer pays, only a few farmers in a few countries are able to participate in growing high grade coffee, and the world simply grows too much coffee for the size of the market for it. For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on February 24, 2007 at 10:00 PM in Africa, Coffee, Latin America, Vietnam | Permalink