As members of our ACTA we are familiar with and supportive of sustainable agriculture! With growing emphasis in the media on this subject, it may be opportune to update and clarify the current position, particularly in view of substantially higher world coffee prices.
Under the control of Oxfam (as are World Vision), this is a farming programme that has been established to restrict the sale of coffee to licensees only, at minimum established price levels – currently 126 US cents / lb.
With strict certifying criteria and regular auditing, this programme attempts to support farmers¡¦ incomes whilst ensuring prices reflect sustainable agriculture.
Without doubt the more militant in its approach often enlisting the student vote and targeting high profile cafes and American chains.
With quality issues and in more recent times non fulfilment of contracts, questions are being asked as to their Bona Fide.