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Philippines tries to reignite production

A farmer on a coffee plantation in Davao del Sur Province.   © Peter Imbong

TAGUM, The Philippines -- On a searing afternoon in Tagum, a provincial capital at the southern end of the Philippine islands, a large truck carrying more than 200 sacks of dried coffee beans arrives at a coffee buying station.

     Almost immediately and with precise choreography, a dozen workers begin unloading and stacking the brown jute sacks on a wooden pallet while men with hollow steel rods shaped like swords puncture each bag.

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