Why organizations matter: certification experiences of coffee producer groups in Guatemala

dc.contributor.authorHeller, Andrew, author
dc.contributor.authorMurray, Douglas, advisor
dc.contributor.authorStevis, Dimitris, committee member
dc.contributor.authorBrowne, Katherine, committee member
dc.contributor.authorRaynolds, Laura, committee member
dc.description2010 Spring.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographic references (pages 236-246).
dc.description.abstractCoffee producers are just emerging from a long decade of low prices and oversupply. In response to these problems, many producers organized into groups and sought certifications based on social or environmental standards. This dissertation presents three case studies of producer groups in Guatemala and their experiences with certification in the coffee sector. Using a combination of ethnographic research methods, it argues that both certification systems and producer groups need to adapt so that producers can benefit from the potential gains of certification. Organizations are the focus of the analysis, emphasizing the capabilities necessary for producers to be able to access the benefits of certification. Certification within the coffee sector is a field of research that has implications for development studies, economic sociology, agrofood studies, and globalization. This dissertation concludes that the voices of the producers themselves are a forgotten key to providing organizations, whether of the producers themselves or the organizations that regulate certification, with the tools necessary to meet their goals. This study provides valuable information about the attitudes and interests of small producers in the context of organization and certification.
dc.format.mediumdoctoral dissertations
dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.relationCatalog record number (MMS ID): 991014243529703361
dc.relationHD9199.H455 2010
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dc.subject.lcshCoffee industry -- Guatemala
dc.subject.lcshCoffee industry -- Certification -- Guatemala
dc.titleWhy organizations matter: certification experiences of coffee producer groups in Guatemala
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thesis.degree.grantorColorado State University
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
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