Labour Day – Is there Fair Coffee Trade?

Labour Day – Is there Fair Coffee Trade?

1st May, this year perfectly on a Monday. I hope you had a good time last night and enjoy the long weekend!
The Labour Day or International Worker’s Day is for me the occasion to have a look at the working conditions of the coffee producers

German Coffee Consumers:
  • Reject child labor in the farming countries (55 %)
  • Want a high level of awareness for the natural habitats of humans and animals (48 %)
  • Are interested in good working conditions for coffee farmers (31 %) and
  • Want more transparency about their living conditions locally (30 %)


How does it really look locally?

Coffee is a very work-intense product, which makes little profit in the production countries, especially in the beginning of the production chain.

  • Bad Salery
    • In Guatemala, a day laborer gets 36 quetzales for the picking of 4 crates full of coffee cherries. That is about 3 € for 100 pounds.
    • This is what a perennial worker can pick in only one day to effort money for enough food.
    • Many workers on coffee plantations live in extreme poverty and suffer from malnutrition.
  • Health
    • The workers are exposed to fungicides and pesticides, so chemicals, on commercial coffee plantations like in Brazil.
    • The soil and the water are contaminated.
    • In such areas, there is often an exceptionally high number of cancer or diseases such as Parkinson’s.
  • Child labor in 2010:
    • In Kenya, 60% of coffee workers are children.
    • In Guatemala, over 30% of children are involved in the coffee harvest.
    • In Honduras, children work during planting and harvesting.
    • Coffee production in Tanzania is considered one of the worst forms of child labor.
Fair Coffee Trade? What can you do?

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