Coffee Traders' Forum - A Discussion about Coffee Futures Trading
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As much as I dislike consumer-producer relations in a general way gentlemen, not all consumers are the same way. I for one, am fortunate enough to deal with good people like Jack and his roasters--they really do have a different perspective on things.
However this is a small minority of the coffee production. Paulo is looking at the Brazilian way, Amdf I believe looks at the Vietnam way. MoY likewise from Brazil. They are all correct IMHO in their assessments. Current efforts by multinationals in Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar support what Amdf says. Multinationals are not after good deeds to get countries out of poverty. They use demand and consumption and invest in these countries peanuts to keep prices low where they want them. The recent Colombian symposium was the first international complaint about this, inviting personalities like President Clinton. Trouble is it did not head in the proper direction and other things were thrown into the mix.
In reality, did anyone look at the latest Brazil trade Superavit ? it is darn difficult to have economic powerhouses in the business when other impoverished countries struggle to produce more, especially with all the "help" that they get.