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via Fairtrade America
Around 80% of the world’s coffee is produced by 17.7 million small-scale coffee farmers. And while the coffee industry aims to be a sustainability leader, the fact is that many farmers continue to struggle to make ends meet and support their families.
New research finds that the future of coffee depends on adequate income for farmers. A pilot study by Fairtrade International and True Price shows that despite sustainability pledges in the coffee sector, many coffee farmers struggle to make ends meet.
Key findings from the report include:
By Miguel Zamora, Head of Americas Region, UTZ
Coffee farmers in Uganda at farmer field school. Photo: UTZ
The sustainability issues that the coffee industry face will get bigger and more pressing in the coming decades. Climate change, labor shortages, human rights issues in coffee production, and production profitability are examples of threats to the future of coffee.
These are complex questions that require sector-wide approaches to find solutions.
By Drew Moody
This post originally appeared on Mental Floss
Buying coffee can be tricky. Each bag of beans features lots of information, and it can be difficult to sort through it all to figure out what will end up in your cup.
Here’s what a few of the most common phrases and symbols tell you. Continue reading
By Verónica Perez, 4C Association
Last year over 149 million bags of coffee were consumed around the world. The love for this black beverage keeps growing in new markets, with more and more people enjoying coffee in their daily lives.
But as much as they love their cup, an increasing number of consumers also have concerns about the conditions in which farmers produce their beans. Even those less conscious would be upset to find out that protected areas are being deforested to grow coffee, or that pesticides used in production could be putting the health of farmers and workers at risk.
Companies are under increasing pressure to supply coffee that has been produced in accordance to sustainability criteria. But this is not always easy. Continue reading