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April 16, 2003

EU: Pressure on coffee producers to control pricing

Political pressure has been placed on European Union ministers to press for reforms to the world coffee trading system, which has experienced a 50% drop in producer prices over the past three years, slashing the income of producers.

Political pressure has been placed on European Union ministers to press for reforms to the world coffee trading system, which has experienced a 50% drop in producer prices over the past three years, slashing the income of producers.


The European Parliament has overwhelmingly supported a resolution calling for the EU to take a development plan to May 19th’s International Coffee Organisation/World Bank meeting.


This would suggest to the organisation of producers to strengthen their control over prices in a sector which, MEPs say, is “dominated by four multinationals (Nestlé, Kraft, Sara Lee et Procter & Gamble).” Parliament’s resolution called for “companies and traders to…(pay)…prices which take account of the social and environmental needs of (producers).”

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