Coffee is a crop that requires intensive labour. During the harvesting season, a large number of extra labourers are needed to perform various farming tasks. In Vietnam, 600,000 coffee labourers work on the farms year-round, and approximately a 200,000 additional labourers are hired during the harvesting season. (Interview with Mr. D.T. Nhan). In Guatemala, the coffee sector makes up to 40% of country's labour demand. (US-LEAP).
Poor working conditions, poor living conditions, discrimination and child labour are common scenes in the lives of these coffee labourers. In recent years, the crisis has made their situation even worst. Though the problems listed above are not prevalent in all coffee-producing countries, it doesn't mean that we can ignore them.
You can give them a hand. Find out more below:
US-LEAP – Coffee Workers Campaigns
Tea and Coffee Trade Online – The Plight of Coffee’s Children
Mr. Doan Trieu Nhan
Chairman of the Vietnam Coffee Cocoa Association (VICOFA)