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Topic: AID policy on coffee growers (47 lines)
1) From: susan oppenheim
                                             Coffee growers told
                                                        to change to
survive
                                                                 By the
A.M. Costa Rica wire services
                                                        WASHINGTON, D.C.
 The U.S. Agency for International
                                                        Development in
partnership with the private sector is helping
                                                        developing
countries upgrade and diversify their agricultural exports
                                                        and move into
manufacturing so they can better participate in global
                                                        markets, said a
senior agency official.
                                                        Addressing
American University's law school last week, Emmy
                                                        Simmmons,
assistant administrator, said the agency's technical
                                                        assistance will
also help developing countries join the World Trade
                                                        Organization.
                                                        She said her
agency is helping coffee farmers understand market
                                                        realities and
improve product processing to produce a higher quality
                                                        bean. The agency
also is helping non-competitive coffee-growers to
                                                        identify other
crops they can grow, such as fruits, vegetables,
                                                        flowers and
nuts, that will provide higher incomes, she added.
                                                        Global coffee
prices have dropped dramatically since the mid-1990s
                                                        as production
has increased, she noted.


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