Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Best Way to Help Mexican Coffee Farmers

The above graph ((click on it to make it bigger) is from my most recent journal article on fair trade coffee farming in Southern Mexico. The graph shows the income sources for our survey of 850 coffee farming households. In short these households get as much in government subsidies as they do in coffee income. And of all the income sources remittances are by far the biggest. Only 35% of households receive them, but they represent something like 35% of income. In short we find that Fair Trade coffee farming can boost income around 5-10%, while sending one person to the US can double income.

If you are interested you can read the paper here

Thanks to my friend and loyal reader Lowell for passing on a related link that also shows migration can dwarf other development policies.
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