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Get the Buzz: Global Trends in Sustainable Coffee Production

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Post on 21-Aug-2014




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New Worldwatch Institute analysis examines global trends in coffee production, practices, and prices


  • Get the Buzz: GlobalTrends in Sustainable Coffee Production
  • Global coffee production has doubled since 1961 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1961/62 1971/72 1981/82 1991/92 2001/02 2011/12 MillionTons FAO Data USDA Data Worldwatch Institute Sources: FAOSTAT; USDA-FAS
  • The majority of coffee production more than 3 tons for every 4 tons is exported, flowing from developing countries principally to industrial ones
  • Top 3 Coffee Producers & Consumers, 2013-2014 Top Producer Top Consumer Top Producer & Consumer
  • Top 3 Coffee Producers, 2013-2014 BRAZIL 3.2 million tons VIETNAM 1.7 million tons COLOMBIA 0.7 million tons
  • Top 3 Coffee Consumers, 2013-2014 EUROPEAN UNION 2.7 million tons UNITED STATES 1.5 million tons BRAZIL 1.2 million tons
  • Asias share in world coffee production has risen astonishingly, from less than 5% in 1961 to 30% today 1961 2014
  • Coffee experiences tremendous price volatility due to Overproduction Production shortfalls Mismatches between coffee-growing cycles and demand Bad weather Fungal pests Speculation Financialization $ $
  • 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 CentsperPound Coffee Prices, 1960-2014 Brazilian Arabicas Robustas Note: All prices are ex-dock United States; monthly averagesWorldwatch Institute Sources: UNCTADSTAT
  • Because some countries depend on commodities like coffee for the bulk of their earnings, extreme price fluctuations destabilize their economies $$$$
  • Social & environmental concerns are far-ranging workers' rights and child labor the use of agrochemicals deforestation impacts on biodiversity ?
  • Fair trade guarantees a minimum price for smallholders Organic replaces inorganic fertilizers & pesticides with organic ones Utz Certified incorporates social & environmental criteria Rainforest Alliance includes integrated pest management & worker welfare Initiatives to define & implement more sustainable practices include:
  • In 2009, ~8% of worldwide coffee exports was certified as sustainable Certified coffee is growing rapidly, however, and could reach 2025% of global coffee trade by 2015
  • For more information, visit our Coffee ProductionVital Sign:
  • AboutVital Signs Online: Vital Signs Online is produced by the Worldwatch Institute and provides business leaders, policymakers, and engaged citizens with the latest data and analysis they need to understand critical global trends.
  • About theWorldwatch Institute: Through research and outreach that inspire action, theWorldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs.