Category: smallholder issues

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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