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The Economic Sustainability of Certified Coffee: Recent Evidence from Mexico and Peru

Permanent URL:
http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/57065
Abstract:
Consumers increasingly act on preferences for a more just and sustainable world by purchasing certified agricultural products. Using survey data from coffee growers in Mexico and Peru, we explore the economic sustainability of certified coffee, looking at conventional, Fair Trade/organic, and Rainforest Alliance certified growers. The analysis reveals that yields rather than price premiums are most important for increasing net cash returns for coffee growing households. Given the link between net returns and producer participation in certified coffee schemes, the findings suggest that certification norms that permit improving yields are essential for improving grower welfare and attracting and maintaining growers.
Author(s):
Bradford L. Barham , Jeremy G. Weber
Subject(s):
Coffea , coffee (beverage) , costs and returns , economic sustainability , environmentally preferable purchasing , food prices , growers , households , net farm income , product certification , rain forests , surveys , trade shows , Mexico , Peru
Source:
World Development 2012 v.40 no.6
Language:
English
Year:
2012
Collection:
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
File:
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Rights:
Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.