Trends in the Trade of Certified Coffees

Coffee is the world's most important agricultural crop in terms of trade volumes; it is exported by 60 countries and is one of the few major commodities grown predominantly by smallholder farmers. This report: presents an overview of the market trends for coffee certified as ‘sustainable’ over most of the past decade; highlights the importance of certification in traditional and emerging markets; outlines the main sustainability certification and verification schemes such as Fairtrade, FLO, Organic, Utz Certified, Rainforest Alliance and 4C, and provides volumes of traded coffee for each; and considers the impact of these standards on coffee producers and the industry.