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In Peru's Coffeelands, These Women Mean Business

Posted by Abigail Bok  |  Oct 15, 2019 12:42:46 PM

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Along the impossibly steep and narrow road winding up to the village of Sanchirio Palomar, the only sounds are the rustling tree canopy and birdsong. It’s fitting, since the village’s name—a combination of Spanish and indigenous words—means “cold river with many birds.” With internet and reliable phone service only arriving last month, Sanchirio Palomar feels, at first, like a sleepy place where not much happens. But in reality, this remote Peruvian village pulses with ambition, creativity, and drive. Just ask Patricia. 

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, South America, Stories of Impact

How Investing in Young People Sets Coffee Businesses Up for Long-term Success

Posted by Rob Hefferon  |  Sep 24, 2019 12:27:38 PM

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Duban Gómez Alvarado grew up expecting to one day enter the family business: coffee farming. The Alvarados have worked the flourishing fields of western Colombia for generations—but, in recent years, climate change has imperiled their crop yields. Simultaneously, the global coffee price has plummeted below the cost of production, leaving many farmers without a livable income. “For many years, we have been coffee farmers in my family,” Duban says, “but I am not convinced at the prospect of continuing with my family’s work.”

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Topics: South America, Partnerships, Youth, Stories of Impact

What I Learned From One Day with a Colombian Coffee Cooperative

Posted by Adam Marcelo  |  Oct 18, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 

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As we begin the journey up into the mountains, a small clearing in the trees opens, revealing the city of Santa Marta behind us and the crystal-blue ocean beyond. Sitting on sideways-facing benches inside of a twenty-year-old Toyota Land Cruiser, we rattle up the mountain. Our driver honks at everyone we pass—it seems like he knows every farmer, shopkeeper, and truck driver on the road.

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Topics: South America, Our Community

With the Support of Her Co-op, Coffee Farmer Ana Delia Becerra Is Branching Out Into Ecotourism

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Oct 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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By the time the sun rises at Finca Eskandia, the farm has already come alive.

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Topics: Peace, Environment, South America, Stories of Impact

Making the Case for Quality: Lessons from Root Capital and Intelligentsia’s First Joint Workshop

Posted by Alexandra Tuinstra  |  Aug 15, 2018 4:42:18 PM

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When actors across the coffee supply chain invest in quality, everyone benefits—from the farmer who earns better prices to the consumer who enjoys a better cup. Last month, we teamed up with specialty coffee pioneer Intelligentsia and coffee producers from across Colombia to learn how to make coffee better—for the people who drink it and those who grow it.

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Topics: Peace, South America, Partnerships, Stories of Impact

How This Colombian Co-op is Sowing Seeds of Hope in the Wake of Conflict

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Jul 19, 2018 2:16:24 PM

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For the majority of Colombia’s 53-year civil war, the southern province of Cauca was a stronghold of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In the dog-eared copy of Lonely Planet that I’ve brought with me, the area isn’t even mentioned. Just ten years ago, it was not a recommended destination for tourists. Today, it not only feels safe; it feels welcoming.

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Topics: Peace, South America, Stories of Impact