Variance in Approach Toward a ‘Sustainable’ Coffee Industry in Costa Rica

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Vogt Melissa, "Variance in Approach Toward a ‘Sustainable’ Coffee Industry in Costa Rica", Ubiquity Press, 2019, DOI: 10.5334/bce, License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

"The monograph considers influence over time of Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance in 10 Costa Rican coffee farming communities. In-country perspectives and relevant historic and contemporary literature inform findings. Misaligned intentions to outcomes; different sustainability approaches; and variable influence is observed. There is opportunity to: consider when certifications are most useful; develop locally relevant standards; vertically integrate sourcing chains; consider how complementary mechanisms can be used alongside, or to improve certification approach. Sustainability of coffee as a cash crop, considering influence on biodiversity, and the possible implication of reduced coffee crop density for consumers, the market and farming landscapes, is considered. "

Keywords

Regulatory Approaches, Sustainability Standards, Poverty Reduction, Environment, Biodiversity, Colonial And Contemporary History, Costa Rica, Sustainability Certification Schemes, Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade, Coffee Farming Landscapes

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