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an extremely important take on coffee farmers and the challenges that exist @SpecialtyCoffee #sus…

an extremely important take on coffee farmers and the challenges that exist @SpecialtyCoffee #sus…

Currently, 80 percent of the world’s coffee–specialty and otherwise–is produced by only 25 million smallholder farmers. The average age of these farmers is 56 years old. As the younger generation sees less and less to attract them to coffee farming, and more and more to attract them to the big city—it is this very human factor that poses the greatest risk to our supply chain. Many factors influence the decision: to farm or not to farm? Let’s take a look deeper look at a few of them. Smallholder profitability: Let’s picture the situation of an average smallholder with two hectares of land, an average yield of 2,032 lbs of green coffee per hectare, receiving a bit less than 90 percent of the export price (approx. $1.68/lb). The annual gross income of this coffee grower would be approximately $6,814, or $568 per month to support a family of four or five people. As noted by a ...

Full article: http://www.scaa.org/chronicle/2015/08/04/farmer-profitabi...

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