20 December 2006
The country's government has asked Starbucks to sign a licensing agreement that will allow Ethiopia to control the names of its coffees. That way, Ethiopia can help determine an export price that makes sure farmers see a larger share of the profits enabling them to feed their children, send them to school and get them better health care.
Oxfam and a coalition of allies are asking Starbucks to sign this agreement which has the potential to increase Ethiopia's coffee export income by more than $88 million annually - an amount that could go a long way to help lift millions of Ethiopians out of poverty.
An online petition that can be sent to Starbucks is available at the above website.