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In a world of high finance, unprecedented technological change, and cyber billionaires, it is easy to forget that a major source of global wealth is, literally, right under our noses. Coffee is one of the most valuable Southern exports, generating billions of dollars in corporate profits each year, even while the majority of the world s 25 million coffee families live in relative poverty. But who is responsible for such vast inequality? Many analysts point to the coffee market itself, its price volatility and corporate oligarchy, and seek to "correct" it through fair trade, organic and sustainable coffee, corporate social responsibility, and a number of market-driven projects. The result has been widespread acceptance that the "market" is both the cause of underdevelopment and its potential solution. Against this consensus, Gavin Fridell provocatively argues that state action, both good and bad, has been and continues to be central to the everyday operations of the coffee industry, even in today s world of "free trade". Combining rich history with an incisive analysis of key factors shaping the coffee business, Fridell challenges the notion that injustice in the industry can be solved "one sip at a time" - as ethical trade promoters put it. Instead, he points to the centrality of coffee statecraft both for preserving the status quo and for initiating meaningful changes to the coffee industry in the future.

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"Gavin Fridells insightful, well argued and up-to-dateanalysis of the world coffee economy demonstrates that thestates role in coffee statecraft continues to be essentialto creating a more just division of the earnings in the world ofcoffee. As well as providing a thorough guide to the economics andpolitics of one of the worlds most important commodities, this book will spark much needed debate about the nature ofneoliberalism and market-based solutions to economic and socialproblems."
Steven Topik, University of California Irvine

"Gavin Fridell provides an invaluable, beautifully written and thoroughly engaging account of the contemporary global coffee market. I would recommend this work widely, not just for those interested in any aspect of the coffee economy but also for those interested in contemporary changes to the global economy or agrarian commodities."
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Gavin Fridell is professor of International Development at St Mary s University, Canada.

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