Little Big Data Proposal

How much markup is there between what farmers are payed (ยข/lb US) and what we pay? Are things getting better or worse for farmers? Is Fairtrade certification actually helping? The Fairtrade Foundation doesn’t actually monitor markup prices for retailers, so ideally I want to find out (approximately) what percent of our money actually reaches the farmers themselves, by comparing these retail averages to price per pound at grocery stores, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, etc, in the States.

The International Coffee Organization has data of retail prices by country, and prices to 54 different growing countries going back to 1990.
Fair Trade USA
Impact reports and financial information.

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