• Europe's coffee trade: grounds for reform?

    768 views 4 months ago
    Coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world. 1.6 billion cups are consumed every day and the global market is worth 71 billion dollars. But do coffee farmers get a fair share of the profits?

    Coffee is mainly consumed in industrialised economies, but over 90% is grown in developing countries, where many coffee growers live below the poverty line.

    Recent research shows that when you buy a package of coffee in the Netherlands, the farmer only gets 10 cents. And when you buy a cappuccino in the UK, just 7 cents go to the farmer.

    The EU is the largest consumer and importer of coffee in the world. It has also committed to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. What role can Europe play in making the coffee market more sustainable?

    The Commission already provides some financial support to fair trade initiatives through its development cooperation budget. But activists say this is not enough and have called for a reform of trade rules.

    Trade is dominated by large multinational traders and roasters and coffee prices are volatile. The ability to plan production and control prices is not in the hands of the farmers themselves.

    NGOs have tried to push for trading alternatives, like helping farmers harvest higher-quality specialty coffee, which can then be sold for a premium, or enabling them to control other stages of the value chain.

    Farmers also need better access to technical knowledge, infrastructure and capital. Otherwise they will continue to be forced to sell their coffee at very low prices. Show less
    Read more
  • Uploads Play all

    • EuroPhilantopics 2015: Interview with Róża Thun MEP - Duration: 5 minutes, 3 seconds.

      • 3 days ago
      An interview with Róża Thun, MEP, during the 2015 EuroPhilantopics. EuroPhilantopics is the annual event for foundations and EU institutions to come together and consider the challenges facing peop...
    • EuroPhilantopics 2015 - Trust Matters - Duration: 4 minutes, 25 seconds.

      • 5 days ago
      Europe is facing one of its greatest political challenges in decades. The daily newsfeed of yet another tragedy on the shores of Europe and the increasing number of migrants are bending the EU’s de...
    • CAP in the UK: How would ‘Brexit’ affect British farming? - Duration: 3 minutes, 44 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was most recently reformed in 2013, including incentives for farmers to invest in ‘green’ practices, innovation and support for young farmers. A European C...
    • Good governance in sport and betting - Duration: 2 minutes, 52 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      "Good governance in sport and betting" explores the relationship between sports and the regulated betting industry and their role in the fight against match-fixing and corruption in sport. It exami...
    • The Use of Lead in Ammunition is sustainable for Human Health and the Environment - Duration: 3 minutes, 47 seconds.

      • 3 weeks ago
      110 delegates, including journalists, politicians, scientists, members of environmental institutions, hunting and sport shooting organizations and food agencies met at the Symposium “The Sustainabl...
      • CC
    • What is a fairer corporate taxation system for the EU? - Duration: 2 minutes, 26 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      With tax issues high on the agenda particularly following last week’s ruling by the European Commission that Fiat and Starbucks had received tax breaks that amounted to illegal state aid, tax issue...
    • TTIP: What next for jobs and growth? - Duration: 3 minutes, 16 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      Negotiations between the United States and the European Union on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership began in July 2013.

      If successful, the deal would cover more than 40% of global ...
    • Connectivity: The key to growth in Europe - Duration: 2 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      Europe needs a Digital Revolution to ensure strong and steady economic growth.

      This is why ETNO asked the Boston Consulting Group to study how policy reforms can help achieve this objective.

      • CC
    • Captain Europe: Grexit, Brexit and my double life - Duration: 5 minutes, 53 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      The European Union's only superhero Captain Europe shares his thoughts on Grexit, Brexit and the refugee crisis. In an exclusive interview with EurActiv.com, he also gives us a glimpse of the myste...
      • CC
    • Food for thought: Reducing food waste - Duration: 117 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      In 2050, over 9 billion people will live on this planet and feeding them will be a challenge. Increasing food availability has always been the main solution to achieve a food secured future.

      • CC
    • EU-Taiwan relations need update - Duration: 4 minutes, 35 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      Taiwanese businesses thinking to invest abroad do not automatically think about Europe because bilateral relations between the two commercial partners have been low-profile, said Francis Kuo-Hsin L...
    This item has been hidden
to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...