Case Study of Guatemalan Coffee Farmers Associations

As a result from her internship with the  Conflict and Development Foundation, Taya Brown, a PhD Student in Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University, is now conducting a Case Study in Guatemala. She is using a participatory action research approach to gain a comprehensive understanding of the history and current state of affairs of selected coffee cooperatives in Yepocapa, Chimaltenango. 

Through this doctoral research, she will continue to collect data for CDF and the Conflict and Development Center at Texas A&M University on conflict-related issues regarding coffee theft and migration by including conflict-related questions in her focus groups. The area in which she is working at (Yepocapa) is one of the target areas in which Texas A&M conducted coffee improvement programs and established a coffee washing station through a USDA-funded Food for Progress project a few years ago.