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Notice given 18 March 2003

393  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes, with concern, the serious hardship facing coffee producers of the developing world as a result of low coffee prices and, in particular, that:

(i) many coffee farmers are being forced to abandon their livelihoods and sell their land at a loss,

(ii) the financial strain on coffee farming families reduces their capacity to meet their basic needs, including schooling, food and medicines,

(iii) a lack of money in coffee-producing communities, together with overburdened health-care systems, threatens the stability of already vulnerable economies, and

(iv) intensive farming methods, adopted by reason of financial necessity, seriously damage the natural environment;

(b) acknowledges the financial support provided by the Government through AusAid to rural development and other assistance for coffee producing nations; and

(c) requests that the Government provide further political and economic support for:

(i) the International Coffee Organisation’s Coffee Quality Scheme, which aims to restrict coffee exportation on the basis of quality,

(ii) the destruction of lowest quality coffee stocks, and

(iii) direct poverty alleviation programs targeted at coffee producing communities.