A coffee farmer in southwest Colombia

Colombia, where coffee has been the number one export crop since 1860, is not exempt from international market forces. Ever since the great recession, coffee prices have dropped steeply. In 2013, costs of production outstripped revenues by 40%, igniting protests across the country. Colombian coffee farmers face increasingly intense competition from places like Indonesia, Central America, and East Africa, which drives down prices, upsetting farmers accustomed to the high and stable ones of the 60’s and ’70s.


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