Agriculture

Successful smallholder farms yield thriving communities.

Small-scale farmers produce 70% of the world’s food. By helping these vital producers’ increase their crop yields and bring their goods to market, we’re fighting both hunger and poverty. It’s a win-win for the world.

Producing coffee that tastes good. And does good.

Much of the world’s best coffee is grown in some of the most distressed places on earth. Conflict, climate, economic inequity and lack of readily available market information keep small family farms from meeting their tremendous potential.

After 15 years of work with coffee-dependent populations and the resounding success of our Borderlands Coffee Project in Colombia, CRS launched the Coffeelands project in 2015. Active in 11 countries, Coffeelands helps smallholder farmers improve their coffee and their yields while connecting them with some of the pickiest specialty buyers. It matches great coffee to a quality-obsessed market willing to pay producers a premium for their harvests.

As a result, farmers develop relationships with committed, concerned buyers, build resilient  livelihoods and produce amazing coffee. The program also helps farmers who produce lower quality coffees access stable markets and diversify their livelihoods. It’s success you can measure by the cup—and the countless lives transformed.

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