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What is the relationship between poverty and educational attainment/access among coffee farm workers in Latin America?

Project by Polygence alum Edwin

What is the relationship between poverty and educational attainment/access among coffee farm workers in Latin America?

Project's result

Edwin's research article was published on the LA Times High School Insider!

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Summary

As the largest producers of coffee in the world, Latin America’s economy largely revolves around the production and exportation of this crop. Whilst those who work in the transportation of coffee make a substantial percentage of the cost of coffee production, those working on coffee plantations are paid an insurmountable amount for their labor. As a result, millions of farmers, agricultural laborers, and other workers dependent on the coffee industry are often paid poverty wages. An example of this is in Haiti, which has the highest poverty rate in all of Latin America. In Haiti, the wages on coffee plantations range from $0.07 to $0.15 a day, far below the UN poverty wage, which contributes heavily to the rate of poverty in the country. In Brazil, one of the leading exporters of coffee within the region, plantation workers earn less than 2% of the retail price, forcing many parents to take their kids out of school and put them into work on coffee plantations to make enough to survive. Evidently, underpaying workers that are part of one of the most important industries in the region contribute significantly to poverty within the region. Coffee farmers across the region often face limited access to education, contributing to the generational cycle of poverty. Education is an important component of escaping poverty, and since many coffee farmers and their children have limited educational attainment in Latin America, they have a much harder time escaping poverty. It appears that there is a correlation between countries with high coffee production and lower levels of secondary level education.

Aiden

Aiden

Polygence mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Subjects

Biology, Social Science

Expertise

gender, sexuality, public health, sociology,

Edwin

Edwin

Student

School

arcadia high school

Graduation Year

2023