Market shocks and climate variability: The coffee crisis in Mexico, Guatimala and Honduras

Hallie Eakin, Catherine M. Tucker, Edwin Castellanos

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As a result of a dramatic decline in world coffee prices and the restructuring of both domestic and international institutions, coffee farmers have been facing one of the most difficult periods in sector history. In 2003, a comparative case study project (supported by the Small Grant Program of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research) in Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras explored the experiences and responses of coffee farmers to institutional reforms, market risk, and climate variability. Four communities were selected for study in the 3 countries in which household surveys and interviews were conducted. The impacts of the crisis and farmers' responses illustrate the potential obstacles that farmers confront with sudden and profound changes in production conditions, yet also suggest opportunities for interventions that might help farmers improve their resilience to future risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-309
Number of pages6
JournalMountain Research and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Development
  • Environmental Science(all)


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