Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need an international organization to look after coffee ?
Almost all commodities have an organization representing their interests and coffee is no exception. Coffee is of great economic importance, produced in over 60 countries and accounting for the livelihood of around 125 million people around the world. Many of these countries are heavily dependent on coffee, which can account for up to 50% of their total export earnings. Coffee is a universally popular drink, a daily part of many people's lives, with annual world consumption of over 130 million bags. Because coffee is a complex product that may be farmed and processed thousands of miles from where it is consumed, there are many issues relating to the world coffee economy that can best be addressed through international cooperation. This is the task of the ICO.
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- Why do we need an international organization to look after coffee ?
- What exactly is the ICO ?
- What is the International Coffee Agreement ?
- How did the ICO come into existence ?
- Where does the money come from ?
- Is the ICO a cartel ? Does the ICO operate a quota system ?
- What is the impact of the ICO on world trade in coffee ?
- To what extent do non-governmental organizations participate in the work of the ICO ?
- How far does the ICO represent the coffee growers themselves ?
- What is the extent of private sector involvement in the work of the ICO ?
- What is the role of the EU ?
- What happens at Council meetings ?
- How are decisions taken in the Council ?
- Who can attend meetings ?
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