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Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Fair Trade, Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Mexico and Central America
     

Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Fair Trade, Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Mexico and Central America

by Christopher M. Bacon, V. Ernesto Méndez, Stephen R. Gliessman, David Goodman, Jonathan A. Fox
 

ISBN-10: 0262524805

ISBN-13: 9780262524803

Pub. Date: 02/29/2008

Publisher: MIT Press

Our morning cups of coffee connect us to a global industry and an export crisis in the tropics that is destroying livelihoods, undermining the cohesion of families and communities, and threatening ecosystems. Confronting the Coffee Crisis explores small-scale farming, the political economy of the global coffee industry, and initiatives that claim to promote

Overview

Our morning cups of coffee connect us to a global industry and an export crisis in the tropics that is destroying livelihoods, undermining the cohesion of families and communities, and threatening ecosystems. Confronting the Coffee Crisis explores small-scale farming, the political economy of the global coffee industry, and initiatives that claim to promote more sustainable rural development in coffee-producing communities. Contributors review the historical, political, economic, and agroecological processes within today's coffee industry and analyze the severely depressed export market that faces small-scale growers in Mexico and Central America.

The book presents a series of interdisciplinary, empirically rich case studies showing how small-scale farmers manage ecosystems and organize collectively as they seek useful collaborations with international NGOs and coffee companies to create opportunities for themselves in the coffee market. The findings demonstrate the interconnections among farmer livelihoods, biodiversity, conservation, and changing coffee markets. Additional chapters examine alternative trade practices, certification, and eco-labeling, discussing the politics and market growth of organic, shade-grown, and Fair Trade coffees. Combining interdisciplinary research with case-study analysis at scales ranging from the local to the global, Confronting the Coffee Crisis reveals the promise and the perils of efforts to create a more sustainable coffee industry.

ContributorsChristopher M. Bacon, David B. Bray, Sasha Courville, Jonathan A. Fox, Stephen R. Gliessman, David Goodman, Carlos Guadarrama-Zugasti, Shayna Harris, Roberta Jaffe, Maria Elena Martinez-Torres, V. Ernesto Mendez, Ellen Contreras Murphy, Tad Mutersbaugh, Seth Petchers, Jose Luis Plaza-Sanchez, Laura Trujillo, Silke Mason Westphal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262524803
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/29/2008
Series:
Food, Health, and the Environment
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Robert Gottlieb     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Context and Analytical Framework
The International Coffee Crisis: A Review of the Issues   David Goodman     3
Agroecological Foundations for Designing Sustainable Coffee Agroecosystems   Stephen R. Gliessmann     27
The Roots of the Coffee Crisis   Seth Petchers   Shayna Harris     43
Ecological and Social Dimensions of Producers' Responses
Coffee-Production Strategies in a Changing Rural Landscape: A Case Study in Central Veracruz, Mexico   Laura Trujillo     69
The Benefits and Sustainability of Organic Farming by Peasant Coffee Farmers in Chiapas, Mexico   Maria Elena Martinez-Torres     99
A Grower Typology Approach to Assessing the Environmental Impact of Coffee Farming in Veracruz, Mexico   Carlos Guadarrama-Zugasti     127
Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Can Fair Trade, Organic, and Specialty Coffees Reduce the Vulnerability of Small-Scale Farmers in Northern Nicaragua?   Christopher M. Bacon     155
Coffee Agroforestry in the Aftermath of Modernization: Diversified Production and Livelihood Strategies in Post-Reform Nicaragua   Silke Mason Westphal     179
Farmers' Livelihoods and Biodiversity Conservation in a Coffee Landscape of El Salvador   V. Ernesto Mendez     207
Alternative South-North Networks and Markets
Social Dimensions of Organic Coffee Production in Mexico: Lessons for Eco-Labeling Initiatives   David B. Bray   Jose Luis Plaza Sanchez   Ellen Contreras Murphy     237
Serve and Certify: Paradoxes of Service Work in Organic Coffee Certification   Tad Mutersbaugh     261
Organic and Social Certifications: Recent Developments from the Global Regulators   Sasha Courville     289
From Differentiated Coffee Markets toward Alternative Trade and Knowledge Networks   Roberta Jaffe   Christopher M. Bacon     311
Cultivating Sustainable Coffee: Persistent Paradoxes   Christopher M. Bacon   V. Ernesto Mendez   Jonathan A. Fox     337
About the Contributors     373
Index     377

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