Category: smallholder issues

Colombia-Based Promising Crops Pledges to Build a More Sustainable Coffee Sector

A team of coffee experts based in Colombia has reimagined, expanded and relaunched the coffee-producer-focused social enterprise Promising Crops with the goal of expanding sustainable agriculture and increasing market...

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Coffee Economics with Karl: Coffee Farm Economics

In the last episode of Coffee Economics with Karl, Colombian coffee trading company Cedro Alto Founder Karl Wienhold touched on the difficult subject of coffee farm production costs. As...

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Olam Leads $200K COVID-19 Support Effort for Indonesian Coffee Farmers

Several major global coffee trading and roasting companies have banded together to donate more than $200,000 in protective equipment and food staples to small-scale coffee farmers in Indonesia in...

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Ugandan Parliament Approves Coffee Regulations that Reach Farm Level

The Parliament of Uganda last week passed the National Coffee Bill, 2018, taking a major regulatory step forward for the country’s coffee sector as it seeks to exponentially increase...

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COVID-19 Making Existing Matters Worse for Smallholder Farmers, HRNS Study Finds

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating a range of existing issues facing smallholder coffee farmers in some of the world’s most revered and productive coffee-producing countries, according to a recent...

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Sustainability Champion Angela Pelaez of RGC on Including Farmworkers

As the seed-to-cup narrative typically begins with coffee farmers, it thereby leaves out a critical group of people who make coffee production possible: farmworkers. Farmworkers remain the most vulnerable...

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How COVID-19 May Affect the Chain as Brazil Heads Into Harvest

Among the fresh crop of COVID-19-related question marks now floating around the coffee industry, few are larger than the ones involving Brazil, which is approaching its annual harvest. This...

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Intelligentsia Holds Smallholder-Supportive ECWx Events in Honduras and Guatemala

Despite all its growth over the years, Chicago-based Intelligentsia Coffee, at its sourcing core, has maintained a steadfast commitment to promoting quality and sustainable long-term relationships with coffee farmers....

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Pre-Competitive International Coffee Partners Launches Ethiopia Project

A pre-competitive initiative led by eight of the largest European coffee roasting companies is launching a project designed to reach 2,500 smallholder coffee-farming families in Ethiopia. With co-financing from...

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With $25 Million Credit Line, NKG Launches Global Farmer Support Initiative

Germany’s Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG), which owns 49 coffee-related companies in 27 countries, has launched a long-term, bank-backed sustainability initiative called NKG Bloom. At the center of the initiative...

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From Procurement to Co-Branding: A Future for Coffee (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this story, we outlined the ways in which coffee is typically procured, while contrasting that with the way it is marketed by coffee brands. In this…

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