Europe and the Coffee Crisis

A Plan for Action

Published: 26 February 2003

The European Union has the policy instruments and approach required to make a difference to 25 million poor families suffering from the collapse in world coffee prices. Oxfam asks it to: use €750m of undisbursed aid to compensate poor countries for the crisis; assist the International Coffee Organisation in monitoring coffee quality; increase aid to boost coffee farmers’ market power or help them move to other crops; revise tariff rules; aid destruction of below-standard stocks.