World coffee trade (1963 – 2013):
A review of the markets, challenges
and opportunities facing the sector
After 50 years in existence, the Organization is well placed to provide an overview of the
dynamics of the world coffee market and its prospects for the future. In particular, its adaptation to
a changing environment characterized by new challenges such as climate change, risk management
in response to price volatility, the growing cost of inputs, the sustainability of the sector, and the
development of world consumption. In this study, the first part focusses on coffee market
developments, particularly in terms of fundamentals and prices, during the last 50 years. Part two
looks at the current challenges and opportunities for the coffee market, with a particular focus on
the three ‘pillars’ of sustainability: economic, social and environmental.
The Council is requested
to take note of this document.