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from the roots
Bolivian coffee is little known, little consumed, and of little global economic significance. Most Bolivian coffee grows in the Yungas, a sub-tropical region in the department of La Paz. Throughout my fieldwork and research, I examined the influence that locality, politics, indigeneity, drugs, and neoliberalism have on assessing socio-economic values for Bolivian producers and American consumers. While this value may not directly impact producer and consumer decisions, it impacts the coffee market and international policy, in addition to domestic and global perceptions of Bolivia.
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