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Coffee and Development MODULE 1

“Coffee and Development” takes a deep look at coffee through the social sciences, especially the history and political economy of coffee through the lens of International Development. The structural injustices within coffee reflect those of our globalized world, and this course will help you begin to unpack the historical origins of our 21st global challenges. This course takes a critical approach toward the ‘buzzwords’ of development (such as sustainability, resilience, and empowerment) and insists that understanding the root of the power dynamics between the Global North and the Global South is necessary before we can offer long-term solutions for the future of coffee, its land, and all the human hands involved.
Online August 22, 2022 €80

Course overview

Module 1: The History of Coffee’s Global Trade through the Lens of International Development

Part 1: “Colonial Development”: Colonialism through the 1962 United National Coffee Conference

We begin by exploring the origins of coffee’s long, complex, and unjust export supply chain that began through the transatlantic slave trade and European settler colonialism with case studies focused on British colonialism in Kenya and India.

Part 2: “Coffee Statecraft”: The 1963 International Coffee Agreement through its 1989 collapse

This lecture provides a deep dive into the global dynamics that led to the creation of the International Coffee Agreement, and will discuss its goals, its purpose, and its collapse in 1989 that set the stage for the challenges in coffee as we now experience them in our 21st century global industry.

The course is delivered over 2 x 2 hour lectures with questions and answers.

Applications close October 21, 2022



Please join the course 15 minutes ahead of the start time.

Note that the start time is 12pm Canada Atlantic time

22 October, 2022 - Lecture 1: 12pm-2pm

23 October, 2022 - Lecture 2: 12-2pm


August 22, 2022 - October 23, 2022
Starts at 12:00pm
UTC -04:00 (Canada/Atlantic)
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Applications closed October 21, 2022

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