By: Timothy G O'Brien and Margaret F Kinnaird


We encourage you to republish this article online and in print, it’s free under our creative commons attribution license, but please follow some simple guidelines:
  1. You have to credit our authors.
  2. You have to credit SciDev.Net — where possible include our logo with a link back to the original article.
  3. You can simply run the first few lines of the article and then add: “Read the full article on SciDev.Net” containing a link back to the original article.
  4. If you want to also take images published in this story you will need to confirm with the original source if you're licensed to use them.
  5. The easiest way to get the article on your site is to embed the code below.
For more information view our media page and republishing guidelines.

The full article is available here as HTML.

Press Ctrl-C to copy

Coffee production is currently at an all-time high and prices have plummeted, generating a global coffee crisis. The displacement of coffee plantations in countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia has had serious repercussions for human livelihoods and biodiversity conservation.

In this article, Timothy G O'Brien and Margaret F Kinnaird of the Wildlife Conservation Society in Indonesia argue that new policies focusing on biodiversity-friendly coffees that provide fair prices to growers in Asia are critically needed.

They call on the United States to assist in developing solutions to the coffee crisis and warn that if we do not act soon, our next cup of java may have the bitter taste of extinction.

Link to full Science article

Reference: Science 300, 587