28 May '18, 12pm

Low Prices and Rising Costs Threaten the Guatemala Coffee Sector @DailyCoffeeNews

The farmers struggling most appear to be the smallholders, who represent 97 percent of the country’s coffee farmer population. The GAIN report shows huge discrepancies in production cost percentages between those smallholder farmers and large plantation producers, with smallholders often lacking infrastructure or resources to negotiate for lower-cost inputs. Percentage-wise, smallholders also are paying approximately twice as much for labor as large producers, while high minimum wage requirements relative to other large Central American coffee producing countries continue to drive up production costs throughout the sector.

Full article: https://dailycoffeenews.com/2018/05/18/low-prices-and-ris...

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