Building Futures Through Sustainable Coffee
Coffee is more than just one of the world’s most popular beverages.
For the world’s roughly 12 million coffee farmers – 95 percent of whom are smallholder family farmers – coffee represents food, clean water, medicine, school fees, or a better home. Yet nearly half of these families are still living below the poverty line.
Coffee plays a vital role in the household economies of these smallholder farmers. But in recent years, that crucial income has come under threat as leaf rust, borer beetles, drought, and other challenges have inhibited production.
TechnoServe is helping to build a sustainable global coffee industry that can lift millions of farming families out of poverty. For over 50 years, we have developed a set of market-based solutions to meet this challenge and applied them in communities across Africa and Latin America.
We have built, supported, or strengthened more than 1,000 coffee processors, which has helped improve quality and raise incomes for 500,000 farmers. We have trained more than 344,000 farmers in sustainable agronomic practices, helping farmers increase productivity and income.