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.