There is a development crisis, with disastrous implications for producers, across coffee-growing regions. Most coffee farmers are losing money with every bag of coffee that they sell. Despite recent pronouncements by governments and coffee companies, virtually nothing has been done to resolve this worsening problem. The International Coffee Organisation/World Bank Roundtable is a major opportunity for companies and governments to show leadership. Oxfam calls for a Coffee Rescue Plan; and urges the G8 and producer countries to establish a Commission on Coffee and Commodities to address both of the underlying causes of market failure in coffee: inequalities in market power, and price instability.
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