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Coffee Farmers

Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department is giving to coffee farmers who face poverty as a result of the collapse of coffee prices. [111522]

We have development programmes in several coffee producing countries. These include Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nicaragua, Uganda and Guatemala. The problem for coffee growers is oversupply of coffee which has lead to a large fall in prices. Poor countries and people who are dependent on coffee production need short-term support and also longer-term support for economic diversification which would be helped by improved trade access for processed goods.