For roughly 12.5 million small-scale coffee farmers and their families, coffee can represent food, clean water, medicine, school fees, and better homes. But roughly 80 percent of these families are still living below the poverty line.Learn More
World coffee consumption increased by over two percent in the last year, coming in at over 164 million bags. Despite this increase in consumption, the small-scale coffee-farming families who grow the majority of the world’s coffee still face significant challenges, including low prices, limited technical knowledge, lack of access to quality supplies, and inability to enter premium markets.
"This was the first time in my life that I have learned the right techniques to produce coffee."- Eli Bustamente, Coffee farmer, Peru
"Entire coffee regions in East Africa that were largely ignored by specialty buyers prior to interventions by organizations like TechnoServe have now become highly sought-after sources of spectacular quality."- Geoff Watts, Intelligentsia Coffee
"Coffee is our morning ritual or afternoon pick-me-up, but to these farmers, it's their livelihood, a pathway to live without fear."- Katina Connaughton, SingleThread Farms