Mugged: Poverty in Your Coffee Cup

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Oxfam, 2002 - Social Science - 54 pages
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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.

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Page 12 - ... work in 120 countries throughout the developing world: Oxfam America, Oxfam-in-Belgium, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Community Aid Abroad (Australia), Oxfam Germany, Oxfam Great Britain, Oxfam Hong Kong, Intermon Oxfam (Spain), Oxfam Ireland, Novib (Oxfam Netherlands), Oxfam New Zealand, and Oxfam Quebec. Please call or write to any of the agencies for further information. Oxfam America 26 West St. Boston, MA 021 11-1206, USA Tel: 1.617.482.1211 E-mail: Oxfam...
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Page 6 - Plan is needed, to bring supply back in line with demand and to support rural development, so that farmers can earn a decent living from coffee. The plan needs to bring together the major players in coffee to overcome the current crisis and create a more stable market.
Page 12 - E-mail: Oxfam Hong Kong 17/fl., China United Centre 28 Marble Road, North Point, Hong Kong Tel: +852.2520.2525 E-mail:
Page 6 - Producer and consumer country governments establishing mechanisms to correct the imbalance in supply and demand to ensure reasonable prices to producers. Farmers should be adequately represented in such schemes.
Page 6 - The destruction of at least five million bags, as an immediate measure, to be funded by consumer governments and roaster companies.
Page 3 - Scheme, to be implemented towards the end of 2002, which aims to stop the export of coffee that falls below a certain quality.
Page 7 - Co-operate with each other to stop more commodities from entering the market than can be sold.

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Charis Gresser is the Head of Research at Meteos specialising in healthcare and business with a background in journalism and strategy analysis. She was a columnist for the Financial Times' Lex column for six years in both London and New York, covering a wide range of business and economic topics. Her business experience includes a position as analyst in the strategy department of media and education group Pearson.

Sophia Tickell is Founder and Director of Meteos, with specific interest in healthcare, climate change and food. For the past fifteen years she has worked to bring social equity and environmental considerations into the board rooms of global companies. From 1995 -2004 she had senior policy roles at Oxfam, initially as a trainer in advocacy techniques in various countries including Nepal, Zambia, and Colombia and then as Senior Policy Advisor in the private sector.

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