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Labor Conditions and Supply

Ensuring a continued supply of labor and promoting good labor conditions across coffee-producing countries

Labor is the leading cost of production on coffee farms. Climate change, diseases and volatile coffee prices disrupt labor flows and affect long-term supply of labor to coffee farms — potentially leading to more incidents of child and forced labor in the coffee sector if we are not able to develop both short and long-term solutions. By improving labor conditions, we can reduce the reputational risk to the sector, set an example for the broader agricultural sector and attract new investments to coffee.

Our Collective Goal

A coffee sector in which forced labor and child labor are eradicated, and in which working conditions enable all workers involved in coffee production to prosper.

The Network will share knowledge on best practices to improve farmer prosperity, create a Guidance Document based on case studies and successful models, and develop a pre-competitive tool to assess labor risks in producing countries.

Why it Matters

Coffee presents an economic development opportunity for many communities across the tropics — but it must benefit the entire community, including workers who arrive during the harvest to pick the coffee. Addressing labor conditions is critical, yet probably one of the greatest challenges — not just for coffee but for the entire agricultural sector and it will take all of us to tackle it head on.

Identifying the root causes of poor labor practices and the barriers to overcome them is essential to for thriving coffee communities. This network will engage in multi-stakeholder dialogues to assess the problems and identify long-term solutions.