With no pension schemes and younger generations turning their backs on the family business, coffee farmers work well into retirement just to keep the money coming in. But change is afoot
The need for a good retirement savings plan would not be the first thing most people would think of as they considered the plight of coffee farmers in remote mountain communities in Colombia, one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality arabica coffee beans.
Africa’s youngest nation is heavily dependent on oil export and aid, but an ambitious Nespresso project could give the nation’s coffee farmers a way out of poverty
The youngest of the African countries, South Sudan, is having teething problems. The promise of peace and prosperity after 39 years of civil war has been all but dashed. The conflict has displaced 1.5 million people, nearly half of the 11 million population faces hunger and economists are revising growth predictions downwards as instability and falling levels of oil production take their toll on the economy.
Companies including Nespresso and Timberland are working with local communities in developing countries to build sustainable supply chains
Every chocolate company needs to buy cocoa beans. For Seattle-based Theo Chocolate, sourcing this essential ingredient is not about finding the right vendors – it’s about creating them. This unorthodox approach yields a better quality of chocolate for Theo, and a better quality of life for the cocoa farmers with whom the business works, according to founder and CEO Joe Whinney.
Nespresso has been working to improve its environmental performance across its entire value chain, from coffee farming to end-of-life of its products. The company is continuously working on improving the energy-efficiency of its machines, the efficiencies of its operations, but also working with farmers to safeguard the environment through more sustainable practices.
The Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program was launched in 2003. It combines Nespresso coffee expertise and quality criteria with the sustainable farming expertise of the Rainforest Alliance, a leading non-profit conservation organisation.
The AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program is the Nespresso unique green coffee sourcing approach that combines a focus on quality, sustainability and productivity. It aims to secure the supply of the highest quality coffees required for Nespresso Grand Cru coffees and improve the livelihoods of the farmers that grow them, whilst protecting the environment. The program was launched in 2003 in partnership with the NGO the Rainforest Alliance.
OAKLAND, Calif., July 21, 2015, /3BL Media/ —Today Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, announced that Pierre Ferrari, Chief Executive Officer of Heifer International, has been elected to the nonprofit organization’s Board of Directors.
June 10, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Newsweek magazine has recognized Monsanto Company’s continued efforts to drive sustainability throughout its business with a jump in the company’s placement on the 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings: Monsanto ranked #52 among U.S. companies up from #68 in 2014 and ranked #84 on the global list up from #130 in 2014.
On the occasion of World Environment Day, Tristan Lecomte, co-founder and president of Pur Projet, explains why climate change puts coffee farms at risk and how agroforestry, such as the Nespresso approach, can increase farms’ resilience to it.
What is at stake in global climate ? How is it affecting coffee farmers?