The Symbiosis of Coffee and Food Crops

  • Verena Stolcke
Part of the St Antony’s/Macmillan Series book series

Abstract

The distinctive labour system the planters devised as a substitute for slave labour, the colonato, provided expanding coffee plantations with cheap and disciplined labour. The extraordinary spread of coffee, whose production increased fivefold between 1890 and 1907, is proof of their success.1 São Paulo coffee soon became the main foreign exchange earner for the country while Brazil became the main coffee supplier for the world market, a position both were to maintain until the 1950s.2

Keywords

Sugar Migration Maize Depression Income 

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  • Verena Stolcke
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