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Our morning cups of coffee connect us to a global industry and an exportcrisis in the tropics that is destroying livelihoods, undermining the cohesion offamilies and communities, and threatening ecosystems. Confronting the Coffee Crisisexplores small-scale farming, the political economy of the global coffee industry, and initiatives that claim to promote more sustainable rural development incoffee-producing communities. Contributors review the historical, political, economic, and agroecological processes within today's coffee industry and analyzethe severely depressed export market that faces small-scale growers in Mexico andCentral America. The book presents a series of interdisciplinary, empirically richcase studies showing how small-scale farmers manage ecosystems and organizecollectively as they seek useful collaborations with international NGOs and coffeecompanies to create opportunities for themselves in the coffeemarket. The findings demonstrate the interconnections among farmer livelihoods, biodiversity, conservation, and changing coffee markets. Additional chapters examinealternative trade practices, certification, and eco-labeling, discussing thepolitics and market growth of organic, shade-grown, and Fair Trade coffees.Combining interdisciplinary research with case-study analysis at scales ranging fromthe local to the global, Confronting the Coffee Crisis reveals the promise and theperils of efforts to create a more sustainable coffee industry.
Christopher M. Bacon is a researcher associated with theEnvironmental Studies and Sociology Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz. V. Ernesto M?ndez is Assistant Professor in the Environmental Programand Department of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. Stephen R.Gliessman is Alfred Heller Professor of Agroecology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where David Goodman is Professor of Environmental Studies and JonathanA. Fox is Professor in the Latin American and Latino StudiesDepartment.
ContributorsChristopher M. Bacon, David B. Bray, SashaCourville, Jonathan A. Fox, Stephen R. Gliessman, David Goodman, CarlosGuadarrama-Zugasti, Shayna Harris, Roberta Jaffe, Mar?a Elena Martinez-Torres, V.Ernesto M?ndez, Ellen Contreras Murphy, Tad Mutersbaugh, Seth Petchers, Jos? LuisPlaza-Sanchez, Laura Trujillo, Silke Mason Westphal