The Coffee Paradox by Benoit Daviron
Global Markets, Commodity Trade and the Elusive Promise of Development

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This book recasts the so-called coffee paradox - the coexistence of a ‘coffee boom‘ in consuming countries and of a ‘coffee crisis‘ in producing countries. While coffee bar chains have expanded rapidly in consuming countries, international coffee prices have fallen dramatically and producers receive the lowest prices in decades. The paradox exists because what farmers sell and what consumers buy are increasingly ‘different‘ coffees. It is not material quality that contemporary coffee consumers pay for, it is mostly symbolic quality and in-person services. As long as coffee farmers and their organizations do not control at least parts of this ‘immaterial‘ production, they will keep receiving low prices.

About Benoit Daviron

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Benoit Daviron is a French agronomist and agricultural economist at CIRAD. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.Stefano Ponte is Senior Researcher at the Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen.
Published July 18, 2013 by Zed Books. 288 pages
Genres: Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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