Coffee, the world’s favorite beverage, provides livelihoods for at least 60 million people across dozens of countries. Yet this beloved drink is experiencing a sustainability crisis. A sustained decline in world coffee prices has squeezed coffee producers, and thrown a tremendous number of producers below the global extreme poverty line of US$1.90 per day. This briefing note presents our research into sustainability within the coffee sector, including the results of our analytical and empirical modeling, and provides several recommendations.
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Kaitlin Y. Cordes, James Rising, Perrine Toledano & Nicolas Maennling,
Executive Summary on Ensuring Economic Viability and Sustainability of Coffee Production,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/sustainable_investment_staffpubs/54
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