Author Archive: Daniele Giovannucci

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Old Farmers, Migration, and the Decline of Agriculture as We Know It

Old Farmers, Migration, and the Decline of Agriculture as We Know It

No one is talking about what happens at home as young men increasingly migrate to urban and cross-border jobs – and it’s not just in Mexico. Census studies in many countries indicate that there is an increasing proportion of people over 50 in rural areas. In fact one study suggests that the average age of […]

By January 3, 2011 Read Article
World Coffee Conference – New twists at a global meeting of coffee and government leaders

World Coffee Conference – New twists at a global meeting of coffee and government leaders

Demand has been increasing faster than supply for a number of years now. This is a typical cycle after a disastrous and widely felt historic low. But it seems that this may not be an ordinary cycle and most producers may not be able to recover to meet the rising demand as new and powerful […]

Illy, a leading global coffee company tackles sustainability and stumbles

Illy, a leading global coffee company tackles sustainability and stumbles

As more food industry leaders adopt visible sustainable procurement, private firms weigh the value of their own in-house approach versus partnering with existing public initiatives – even competitiveness guru Michael Porter is talking about it.   A common groan sounded recently when Andrea Illy, the chief executive of the esteemed Italian coffee roaster (Trieste-based illycaffé […]

By January 12, 2010 Read Article