Fair trade and the coffee crisis in the Nicaraguan Segovias

  title={Fair trade and the coffee crisis in the Nicaraguan Segovias},
  author={Ren{\'e} Mendoza and Johan Bastiaensen},
  journal={Small Enterprise Development},
Small coffee producers in Nicaragua have faced a crisis as the coffee export price has halved since the 1990s. This article examines the role of fair trade in stabilizing prices for small coffee producers, and compares the prices all along the supply chain of the instant coffees, Nestle and Cafedirect. Although Cafedirect's price guarantee has prevented producers from going bankrupt, it is clear that the processing and retail side has become more expensive since the 1990s, partly as a result of… 

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