Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781842774571 Published November 2005 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781842774564 Published November 2005 For sale in North and South America only

The Coffee Paradox

Global Markets, Commodity Trade and the Elusive Promise of Development

Benoit Daviron and Stefano Ponte

The Coffee Paradox

Benoit Daviron and Stefano Ponte

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320 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781842774571 Published November 2005 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781842774564 Published November 2005 For sale in North and South America only
Contents
List of tables, figures, and boxes
Abbreviations
Preface
 
1. Commodity trade, development and global value chains
Division of labour and coordination in commodity production and trade: historical background
Commodities and development: the debate
Global value chains, commoditization and upgrading
The quality issue: material, symbolic and in-person service attributes
Conclusion
 
2. What’s in a cup? Coffee from bean to brew
Coffee flows and transformations
Production and export geography
Systems of labour mobilization and organization of production
Markets, contracts and grades
Retail and consumption: Commodity form and the latte revolution
Conclusion
 
3. Who calls the shots? Regulation and governance
Producing countries as key actors (1906-89)
The post-ICA regime (1989-present)
Regulation in producing countries
Coffee blues: international prices in a historical perspective
Conclusion
 
4. Is this any good? Material and symbolic production of coffee quality
From material to symbolic and in-person service attributes: quality along coffee value chains
Quality in producing countries
Quality in consuming countries
Conclusion
 
5. For whose benefits? ‘Sustainable’ coffee initiatives
Consuming sustainability
Analysis of selected sustainable coffee certification systems
Private and public/private initiatives on sustainability
Conclusion
 
6. Value chains or values changed
Value distribution along coffee chains: empirical evidence
Solving the commodity problem: theoretical approaches
 
7. A way forward
Governance and the coffee paradox
The end of regulation as we know it
Business and donors to the rescue?
What role for transparency?
Policies and strategies: an alternative agenda
Coffee, commodity trade and development
 
References
Index
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