The Coffee Paradox

The Coffee Paradox

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'A masterful job showing the limits to 'free' trade in agricultural products as well as providing some concrete proposals as to what must be done to promote greater equity. The story of the global coffee trade is an essential lesson for all those concerned about international development. This volume should be read by anyone interested in how international trade takes place on the ground as opposed to abstract theorizing about it.'Lawrence Busch, Director, Institute for Food and Agricultural Standards, Michigan State University'Daviron and Ponte bring fresh insights to the persistent difficulties of trade as a lever of development for poor nations. They precisely characterize the important intangible attributes of value and market power that are often overlooked and offer some stimulating perspectives for anyone interested in development and in coffee.'Daniele Giovannucci, author of Coffee Markets: New Paradigms in Global Supply and Demand'A fascinating account of how our favourite morning cup of coffee travels from poor producer regions in the Global South to relatively affluent consumer regions in the North. The authors illuminate the challenges and opportunities inherent in tropical export production, global trade, and shifting consumption trends. Their book is theoretically sophisticated, empirically grounded, and goes the extra mile to identify promising pathways for fuelling development.'Laura T. Raynolds, Co-Director, Center for Fair and Alternative Trade Studies, Colorado State University'Using value chain analysis to go beyond the normal hand-wringing about the coffee crisis, the authors blend theory and practice (including new data) to provide new insights, ideas and perspective.'Peter Baker, senior coffee scientist, CABI Commodities'An important contribution to the literarature on primary products and economic development.'Diego Pizano, National Federation of Coffee Growers of ColombiaMurdoch, J. and M. Miele (1999) a#39;aquot;Back to Natureaquot;: Changing aquot;Worlds of Productionaquot; in the Food Sectora#39;, Sociologia Ruralis 39(4): 465-83. Murdoch, J., T. ... Myrdal, G. (1956) An International Economy: Problems and Prospects. London: anbsp;...

Title:The Coffee Paradox
Author:Benoit Daviron, Stefano Ponte
Publisher:Zed Books - 2005


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