Farm Workers,Voices

The Voice of Farm Workers in Coffee – Loud and Clear at SCAA

1 May , 2014  

Coffee Farm Workers try their first latte

Today, International Labor Day, this post is in honor of all those hard working people whose labor allows us to enjoy our cups of coffee everyday: farm workers.     Last week, I visited the original Starbucks store near Pike Place Market with four coffee farm workers from Brazil and Nicaragua: Norman, Erwin, Marcos and [Read More]

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Farm Workers,Voices

“we need to educate the coffee industry”

23 Jan , 2014   Gallery

Farmers, Workers and NGO partners meet in Brazil to discuss improvements to and identify impact from our Fair Trade work

Last week in Brazil, during a workshop we organized to identify improvements on the Fair Trade standards and processes, coffee farmers and workers from three countries discussed how we could be more effective in educating the coffee industry and consumers about the challenges and opportunities that farmworkers in coffee face every day. To learn more [Read More]

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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]