Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Can Fair Trade, Organic, and Specialty Coffees Reduce Small-Scale Farmer Vulnerability in Northern Nicaragua?

  title={Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Can Fair Trade, Organic, and Specialty Coffees Reduce Small-Scale Farmer Vulnerability in Northern Nicaragua?},
  author={Christopher M. Bacon},
  • C. Bacon
  • Published 1 October 2004
  • Economics

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  • Economics
    Individual and Social Adaptations to Human Vulnerability
  • 2018
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