Ruerd Ruben, Paul Hoebink (eds.): Coffee certification in East Africa: impact on farmers, families and cooperatives
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Around the globe, many people start their days with the same morning ritual, sipping a piping hot cup of coffee. Coffee has become a commodity found in most people’s cupboards. It symbolizes alertness, productivity and enjoyment. The book, Coffee certification in East Africa, explores three coffee producing countries, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda, and how the role of Fairtrade and Utz certification impacts local smallholder producers.
Several coffee certifications for producers aim to help the position of smallholder farmers in the vast market of almost universal consumption. Fair trader and Utz certifications involve different functions, yet both remain grounded in the same concept and goal of improving the livelihoods for small commodity producers. Consumers and researchers believe that these certification regimes hold the power to greatly improve the livelihoods for smallholder coffee producers by increasing their income through increased production and/or setting a bottom line for...