An Economic Exploration of Smallholder Value Chains: Coffee Transactions in Chiapas, Mexico

Fair trade and vertical integration represent two popular approaches for enhancing the incomes of organized farmers in a volatile coffee market as compared to the uncertain plight of independent, non-affiliated growers. A mixed method approach, utilizing informal interviews and a household survey in Chiapas, Mexico, analyzed three coffee trading regimes: independent, non-affiliated farmers, and growers in cooperatives pursuing a fair trade or vertical integration strategy. Survey and econometric results indicate that concentration on specialty coffee production with a portfolio of foreign contracts is economically preferable to a vertically integrated cooperative, which in turn produces more favorable coffee prices for smallholders than the non-affiliated conventional, coyote-dominated trading system.


Editor(s):
IFAMR, IFAMA
Issue Date:
Sep 01 2015
Publication Type:
Journal Article
DOI and Other Identifiers:
(ISSN #: 1559-2448) (Other)
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/208496
Published in:
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Volume 18, Issue 3
Page range:
85-106
Total Pages:
22
Note:
The International Food and Agribusiness Management Review is published quarterly by IFAMA. For more information visit: www.ifama.org.
Series Statement:
Volume 18
Issue 3




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