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Coal and coffee spell double trouble for Colombia

Friday, March 1, 2013

Coffee and coal, two of Colombia's top exports, have been severely affected by a string of protests and strikes.

A strike at El Cerrejón coal mine, the country's largest, has been costing the company who runs it some $3 million a day since it began in early February. The workers are demanding a pay rise.

The coffee rust fungus known as roya has plagued the country's coffee growing land. Thousand of workers have taken to the streets demanding subsidies and better prices, as coffee is the main source of income for about 50,000 families.

Full story (in Spanish)