A look at the challenges facing quality coffee while low prices and climate change push out the smallholder farmer. Focuses on agroforestry, mitigation, infrastructure, and plant breeding as potential solutions.
Long-form on the importance of modern technology and business systems at origin in the effort to foment equity across the chain. Sources: FAL Coffee Brazil; Tyler Clark, Root Capital; Mayorga Organics; Luis Fernando Samper, FNC; Members of Cinca de Junio Cooperative, Las Sabanas, Nicaragua.
Outlines the problems facing the small nation's coffee industry, highlighting lack of government support, enterprise undermined by gang activity and bottom-floor pricing. Looks at potential solutions such as USDA programs, development projects and a greater focus on specialty markets.
A look at the SCAA's sustainability reporting software, START, a world class program that could measure carbon footprint at various points and even across the supply chain. Ultimately, it failed to take with the SCAA members. Barriers included lack of resources/personnel for small operations and the reticence to dive into transparency.