Andrea Olivar on The Coffee Barometer | Re:co Symposium 2019

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Today, we’re very happy to present the first episode of “Value Chains: Transparency and Market Linkages,” a session recorded at Re:co Symposium this past April. Acknowledging that this isn’t the first coffee price crisis, this session brought leaders together to ask: How successful were the tools we employed previously? What new tools offer potential solutions?

Published every four years, the Coffee Barometer highlights emerging trends and provides a critical look at progress made by the coffee sector on sustainability. Researched and written by a consortium of organizations that specialize in sustainability, including Solidaridad, Hivos, Conservation International, Oxfam Belgium, and COSA, the 2018 report paints a startling picture of today’s coffee sector. Watch and learn as Andrea Olivar, International Programme Manager at Solidaridad, shares some of the highlights of the 2018 report.

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Table of Contents

0:00 Introduction
2:30 The coffee market is consolidating, and this creates downward pressure on trading that affects producers. Also, many sustainability standards are either dropped or frozen as companies merge.
8:15 Coffee production is also being consolidated into fewer and fewer countries.
12:15 Less than 1% of the total value generated annually in the coffee industry is invested in sustainability.
16:00 The coffee sector is collaborating more to address issues of sustainability