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AGUILAR ZAMBRANO, Luis Ignacio. CRISIS DEL CAFÉ Y EL DESARROLLO REGIONAL. Cuad. Econ. [online]. 2003, vol.22, n.38, pp.239-272. ISSN 0121-4772.

This article describes and analyses the international coffee prices in the last years and the impact in the Colombian coffee sector. It is argued that the coffee business with the traditional structure of production is not profitable and is proposed a new form to think the role of the coffee sector in the economic growth. The article points out the importance of the reorganization in the coffee sector in Colombia, focusing the attention in the land propriety structure and the factor endowments, to make some Colombian coffee producers more competitive in the international market. With reference to a particular case of a Province in Colombia, the article describes the proposals of private and public institutions to orient the economic development towards fields different of coffee, with the objective to improve the life conditions of the affected population.

Keywords : coffee; economic development; agricultural economics; competitive advantage; human capital; international trade.

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