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Entries open for ICO Award for Excellence in Coffee-Related Research

The International Coffee Organization (ICO) has opened entries for the 2019 ICO Award for Excellence in Coffee-Related Research.

The award, launched for the first time in 2019, was created to promote high-quality research on emerging issues in the global coffee sector, engage with young economists and researchers, generate innovative approaches to address development issues in coffee-producing countries, and to stimulate debate.

The competition is open to all economists and researchers in social sciences who are in the process of completing a PhD or who have completed their degree in the last five years, are citizens of an ICO member country or affiliated to an institution based in an ICO member country, and have a proven interest in the area of coffee economics.

The research paper should cover a relevant topic related to the sustainable development of the coffee sector, and align with the ICO’s thematic focus for the current coffee year 2018/19, Profitability: consumption and productivity.

While candidates have freedom to choose their own topics, provided they are relevant to the coffee sector, preference will be given to those papers addressing research questions that fall under the ICO’s current thematic focus.

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The winner will receive a cash prize, recognition of winning the ICO Award for Excellence in Coffee-Related Research, and exposure to a wider audience through ICO communications activity, publications and events.

To enter the competition, candidates should submit an essay, thesis work or journal article, in an official language of the ICO (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish), preferably English, which should not exceed 15,000 words to essay.award@ico.org no later than 30 June 2019.

For more information, download the ICO’s official call for papers here.

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