Co-operation or Capture?
The Politics of
Partnerships with
Private Actors in
Shade-grown
Certification of
Coffee
Arshiya B...
• Power dynamics between private
actors and independent shadegrown certification
• Implications for sustainable
agroforest...
Western Ghats
Private actors exercise power…
a) obtaining differential benefits
from certified coffee
b) influencing the conservation
purpose of shade-grown
certificat...
“To participate in shade-grown
certification, I need few trees per acre. I
can reduce some shade trees and I will
still qu...
lowest common denominator
standards

race to the bottom phenomenon
Stringent shade cover requirements:
(a) fewer certified farms, lower volumes
of certified coffee
(a) the provision of pric...
‘Co-optation’ or ‘Capture’ is an
effort to maintain status quo
fit within the parameters of
conventional business operatio...
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Co-operation or Capture?

  1. 1. Co-operation or Capture? The Politics of Partnerships with Private Actors in Shade-grown Certification of Coffee Arshiya Bose
  2. 2. • Power dynamics between private actors and independent shadegrown certification • Implications for sustainable agroforestry Will certification transform conventional coffee markets or be captured by them?
  3. 3. Western Ghats
  4. 4. Private actors exercise power…
  5. 5. a) obtaining differential benefits from certified coffee b) influencing the conservation purpose of shade-grown certification c) Protecting nominal environmental and social standards
  6. 6. “To participate in shade-grown certification, I need few trees per acre. I can reduce some shade trees and I will still qualify.” “I had to make no changes to my farm to become shade-grown certified.”
  7. 7. lowest common denominator standards race to the bottom phenomenon
  8. 8. Stringent shade cover requirements: (a) fewer certified farms, lower volumes of certified coffee (a) the provision of price incentives that are commensurate with the loss of yield Significant structural changes to value chains and coffee markets!
  9. 9. ‘Co-optation’ or ‘Capture’ is an effort to maintain status quo fit within the parameters of conventional business operations dilution of the transformative power of certification standards for sustainable agroforestry

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