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Determining barriers to sustainability within the Costa Rican coffee industry

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  • M. A. Adams

    (Eco Innovations Engineering, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

  • A. E. Ghaly

    (Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

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    The Costa Rican coffee industry has been the subject of many sustainability plans, all of which have had a particular bias towards one aspect of sustainability or another. Following the sustainability evaluation framework discussed in previous work a significant gap was recognized between the requirements of a sustainable industry, which address all facets of sustainability (including all stakeholders - both producers and processors), and the present system. This was particularly so within aspects of institutional considerations and the lack of continuity when integrating processing considerations into sustainability considerations. The concerns, deficiencies and perceptions of the various stakeholders within the industry were documented in order to ensure a proper match between sustainability barriers and any steps that would be taken to address them. The inclusion of stakeholders' thoughts and perceptions was determined to be important in the establishment of any policy aimed at improving the overall sustainability of the coffee industry. Using the sustainability framework as the foundation for discussion, specific barriers to the application of sustainability were highlighted and discussed. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Sustainable Development.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 229-241

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:sustdv:v:15:y:2007:i:4:p:229-241

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    1. Falconer, Katherine & Hodge, Ian, 2001. "Pesticide taxation and multi-objective policy-making: farm modelling to evaluate profit/environment trade-offs," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 263-279, February.
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    1. Ismail Erol & Nigar Cakar & Derya Erel & Ramazan Sari, 2009. "Sustainability in the Turkish retailing industry," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 17(1), pages 49-67.
    2. Friederike Albersmeier & Holger Schulze & Achim Spiller, 2009. "Evaluation and reliability of the organic certification system: perceptions by farmers in Latin America," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 17(5), pages 311-324.
    3. Giannetti, B.F. & Ogura, Y. & Bonilla, S.H. & Almeida, C.M.V.B., 2011. "Accounting emergy flows to determine the best production model of a coffee plantation," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 39(11), pages 7399-7407.

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