Research Recap: The cost of financially sustainable coffee production in Latin America
Cost of Sustainable Production: An Overview of Farm-Level Production Analysis in Latin America
Sustainability and Global Enterprise, Agricultural Economics, Agriculture Management
- Charles H. Dyson School Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University
- David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University
- Fair Trade USA
- Miguel Gómez, associate professor, Dyson
- Juan Nicolás Hernández-Aguilera, Ph.D. candidate, Dyson
- Belén Rivadeneira, Fair Trade USA
- Colleen Anunu, Fair Trade USA
Fair Trade USA and Cornell University partnered in research to analyze the farm-level costs of four coffee producer organizations in Latin America. The research estimates the cost of production per pound and per hectare of an average small-holder producer, and analyzes returns based on market price and productivity.
The overall goals of this research are:
- to advance the understanding of production costs for small-holder coffee farmers who sell into the Fair Trade market, and
- to disseminate findings in ways that foster increased transparency, enable long-term partnerships, and enhance sustainable purchasing practices.
Read the full study in its entirety here.