Ensuring Economic Viability and Sustainability of Coffee Production

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, October 2019

141 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2020

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Jeffrey D. Sachs

Columbia University - Columbia Earth Institute; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Kaitlin Y. Cordes

Columbia University - Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

James Rising

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Perrine Toledano

Columbia University - Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

Nicolas Maennling

Columbia University - Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

Date Written: October 2019

Abstract

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. This report presents our research into sustainability within the coffee sector, including the results of our analytical and empirical modeling, and provides several recommendations.

Keywords: economic viability, sustainability, coffee production, global extreme poverty line, sustainability crisis

Suggested Citation

Sachs, Jeffrey D. and Cordes, Kaitlin and Rising, James and Toledano, Perrine and Maennling, Nicolas, Ensuring Economic Viability and Sustainability of Coffee Production (October 2019). Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, October 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3660936 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3660936

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