Economic Viability of Farming

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Defining and prioritizing issues

The economic viability of coffee production at farm level is under threat. Coffee farming is becoming less and less attractive especially to small and medium sized producers. 


The Collective Action Network on the Economic Viability of Farming seeks to improve the economic viability of farming by increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of actions and interventions. It will will define and prioritize the most pressing issues and actions.

The Collective Action Network will:

  • facilitate dialogue between the different actors in the coffee sector
  • align resources 
  • drive efficient action to improve economic viability of farming

Why does it matter?

The Economic Viability of Farming refers to the situation where over time growing coffee becomes less and less attractive, especially for small and medium sized producers. But why? 

  • Coffee prices are volatile with significant peaks and depths overtime. 
  • On average the coffee price has decreased during the last 10 years. 
  • Costs of production, such as fertilizer, labor, pesticides etc. have increased, together with general living expenses. 
  • Challenges such as climate change and pests & diseases that come associated with negative impact on coffee production.* 

*Source: “Assessing the economic sustainability of coffee growing”. Paper ICC – 117-6, at the International Coffee Council ICC of the International Coffee Organization – ICO, September, 2016.”

Get involved! Please contact Juan Carlos Isaza.

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