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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