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The great Kenyan coffee crop disaster: a cautionary tale of coffee and counterfeiting
Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (2009)
  • Christopher Wadlow, University of East Anglia
Abstract

Numerous sources attest that the Kenyan coffee crop for 1979/1980 was completely (or 'virtually') destroyed by the application of a counterfeit substitute for Chevron's brand of the fungicide captafol, while others put the level of damage at about 15% of the crop. This article examines the historical basis for these self-evidently contradictory assertions, and challenges the version in which the crop was completely destroyed. It concludes with some observations on the transformation of a real world event into a mythical one.

Keywords
  • Unfair competition,
  • passing-off,
  • counterfeiting,
  • legal scholarship,
  • Kenya,
  • coffee,
  • fungicide,
  • captafol
Publication Date
December, 2009
Citation Information
Christopher Wadlow. "The great Kenyan coffee crop disaster: a cautionary tale of coffee and counterfeiting" Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice Vol. 4 Iss. 12 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/christopher_wadlow/28/