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Food4Farmers

What We Do

We believe that lasting solutions to hunger come from effective strategies that fit the community.

Food 4 Farmers’ approach is driven by the priorities and challenges of the families and communities we serve. Together, we create long-term, effective solutions to food insecurity that provide for income diversification, support adaptation to climate change, build gender equity, and improve livelihoods.

Our Mission & Vision

What We Do

We believe that lasting solutions to hunger come from effective strategies that fit the community.

Food 4 Farmers’ approach is driven by the priorities and challenges of the families and communities we serve. Together, we create long-term, effective solutions to food insecurity that provide for income diversification, support adaptation to climate change, build gender equity, and improve livelihoods.

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Food4Farmers Four PillarsHistory

In 2007, a research team from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) was commissioned by Keurig Green Mountain to develop an understanding of the community challenges faced by small-scale coffee farmers in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico. The team, which included our co-founder Rick Peyser, conducted one-on-one interviews with hundreds of individuals and families on the farm, in community centers, in cooperative offices, and in homes.

The research revealed that “even producers who receive fair trade premiums suffer a period of food insecurity ranging from one to seven months of the year – every year.” Of the farmers interviewed, 67 percent experienced 3-8 months of extreme food scarcity each year. Families often refer to this period as “los meses flacos,” or thin months.

The causes include a combination of low coffee prices, overdependence on a single product for income, limited access to finance, and lack of opportunity to make substantive changes, which has resulted in a poverty trap for many.

Creating Food 4 Farmers

In 2010, a group of people from the specialty coffee industry and international organizations working to alleviate hunger came together to strategize about how to help coffee-growing communities overcome food insecurity and build food sovereignty.

Food 4 Farmers was the result – created to work with coffee-growing communities to help fill the gap between income provided by coffee and the income required to build a better quality of life for coffee farmers, their families and communities.

We use the power and commitment of the coffee industry, as well as collaborations with international development organizations, to achieve sustainable, community-appropriate solutions to chronic hunger.

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