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, itfailed to take with the SCAA members. Barriers included lack of resources/personnel for small operations and the reticence to dive into transparency.