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Sustainable Markets are Growing - Is Sustainability Keeping Pace? (A Perspective on Sustainable Coffee Markets)

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Sustainable Markets are Growing - Is Sustainability Keeping Pace? (A Perspective on Sustainable Coffee Markets)

Globally, sustainable development for agricultural producers is now at the forefront of concern. We are experiencing a first wave of market initiatives for "sustainability" that are promising but still limited in their reach and uncertain about their real impacts. What are the next steps?

This paper examines the main constraints to sustainable-coffee markets and identifies three concrete opportunities that can leverage development in this field. This next phase must begin with a better understanding of farmer-level impacts, while focusing technical assistance on improved access for traditionally marginalized producers in international markets.

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