'An important contribution to the literature.'
Diego Pizano, National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia
'Daviron and Ponte have done a masterful job both of showing the limits to free trade in agricultural products as well as providing some concrete proposals as to what must be done to promote greater equity. This volume should be read by anyone who is interested in how international trade takes place on the ground as opposed to abstract theorizing.'
Lawrence Busch, director of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Standards, Michigan State University
'The authors blend theory and practice (including new data) to provide all those interested in coffee with new insights, ideas and perspective.'
Peter Baker, senior coffee scientist, CABI Commodities
'Ponte and Daviron bring fresh insights to the persistent difficulties of trade as a lever of development for poor nations. Their well-crafted and historically grounded arguments precisely characterize the important intangible attributes of value and market power and offer some stimulating perspectives.'
Daniele Giovannucci, consultant and author of The State of Sustainable Coffee
'Offers a fascinating account of how our favourite morning cup of coffee travels from poor producer regions in the Global South to relatively affluent consumer regions in the Global North. The book is theoretically sophisticated, empirically grounded, and goes the extra mile to identify promising pathways for fuelling development.'
Laura T. Raynolds, co-director of the Center for Fair and Alternative Trade Studies
'Raises interesting questions, using the example of coffee to explore a complex, but important subject.'
'An intriguing study... likely to make an important contribution to the research, debates and initiatives addressing the relationship between commodity trade and development.'
Douglas L. Murray, Colorado State University