In 2012, a small working group of coffee industry leaders (Counter Culture Coffee, Farmer Brothers, Keurig Green Mountain, Starbucks and Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers) engaged collectively to invest in a pilot project in Jinotega, Nicaragua building year-round financial security and addressing challenges brought by seasonal hunger. Later joined by S&D Coffee and Tea and the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the Coffeelands Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is now entering its third year.
Acknowledging that complex challenges in the coffee value chain related to smallholder farmer livelihoods are on the rise, the CFSC recognizes that a bigger effort to affect change is now needed. Building on their proven model of collective impact and re-focusing efforts to advance economic development in areas of critical importance to the future of coffee, the CFSC is announcing this week at the SCAA Annual Event that they are now moving into a new phase of growth. The coalition is now re-energized under the direction of Joanne Sonenshine, Founder + CEO of Connective Impact, to create a lasting structure and program built to shift the development trajectory among coffee communities.
We are asking others to join us on a concerted effort to create household resilience for millions that grow our coffee.
For more information, or to become involved in this program, please contact Joanne Sonenshine at firstname.lastname@example.org.