FEWS NET Predicts ‘Rapid Deterioration’ of Food Security for Coffee Workers via @DailyCoffeeNews
With the low production come high prices, which puts many smallholder coffee-growing families–and many more families dependent on coffee farm labor for income–on the brink of real trouble. The projected crop losses are so severe that poor households will not be able to replenish their food reserves. And they will not likely be able buy what they need on local markets: there will be less maize and beans available, prices will be unusually high, and the steady decline in coffee income has left them with less cash on hand. In response, the most desperate households will resort to the kinds of negative coping strategies–like selling off household assets–that mortgage future earning potential to meet immediate food needs.