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Guatemalan coffee
In Guatemala there are no subsidies for farmers to worry about.

However, the coffee farmers here are in deep trouble because of the plummeting price of world coffee.

Coffee was a very valuable trading crop, and because of this it began to spring up everywhere.

As a result, there is simply too much coffee in the world. This has led to a crash in the coffee market, with prices set to stay rock bottom for the foreseeable future.

Poverty

Guatemala

In Guatemala, the situation has become so bad that some farmers are abandoning land in their plantations because they can't even make a profit on a coffee crop.

Some coffee farmers have had to lay off large proportions of their workforce and poverty is beginning to bite.

One solution for Guatemalan farmers would be growing high quality coffee - as some plantations already do.

But the market is a limited one. Guatemala could also develop its own coffee processing industry, but the world market is already dominated by the multi-nationals.

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