Classy Awards Recognize Champions of Social Progress
May 01, 2014
TechnoServe is a CLASSY Awards finalist for our work in Ethiopia’s coffee industry.
TechnoServe is proud to be in good company at this weekend’s 5th Annual CLASSY Awards, an event that honors champions of social progress. We are a finalist in the poverty and hunger relief category for our work supporting coffee farmers in Ethiopia. Coffee is the country’s leading export and provides a livelihood for 1 in 10 Ethiopians. But farmers are held back by poor yields, low prices and a fragmented market system.
TechnoServe is working to help farmers across Ethiopia establish coffee processing businesses and improve their farming practices, and we are partnering with leading coffee companies to improve transparency, stewardship and working conditions across their supply chains. More than 150,000 farmers in Ethiopia have benefited from this work, selling their coffee for a 25 percent higher price on average. Higher coffee incomes mean better food, health care, education and living conditions for farming families.
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