Results and Learnings,Small farmers,Voices

from independent farmers to farmer organizations

12 Dec , 2013  

smallholder coffee farmers participating in our pilots project with their market access partners

Farmer aggregation through effective and efficient farmer organizations could be one of the biggest development opportunities we have in coffee.  In previous posts, I and others have discussed the benefits of independent farmers getting organized : more access to credit and risk management tools, access to cheaper inputs, access to external assistance, stronger political presence, better access [Read More]

Farm Workers,Premium,Voices

buying “a share” for a better future

18 Nov , 2013  

view from land where workers would be able to build their own homes

Leonardo Garcia is a farm worker at a coffee estate called “La Revancha” (The Revenge, in English), in Nicaragua.  This farm is part of our pilot program, which was developed to help the coffee industry better understand if and how Fair Trade can help improve the lives of millions of farm workers who work the coffee [Read More]

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Farm Workers,Making the case,Voices

Working for quality of coffee and quality of life

22 Oct , 2013  

Eliover with other farm workers at Hacienda Venecia in Colombia

Eliover Garcia, a foreman at Hacienda Venecia in Colombia, has been working in the coffee fields since he was 8 years old. His humble origins make Eliover fully appreciate everything in life. “Working on the coffee fields has allowed me to put food on our table and satisfy my family’s basic need, for which I’m [Read More]

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