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Documentary on hunger in the coffee lands released

The colleagues at After the Harvest  recently uploaded their short documentary film, “After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffee Lands” for public viewing. This movie is based on field research conducted by CIAT colleagues in Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Hat tip to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters for taking the results of the studies and deciding to make it an industry-wide issue with tools like panel discussions at the Specialty Coffee Association of America annual events and this short documentary.

Background and higlights from the CIAT GMCR work include:

In 2007, CIAT conducted 179 individual interviews with small scale coffee farmers in parts of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters supply chains in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and southern Mexico. Through this research we learned that 67% of those interviewed had between 3-8 months of extreme scarcity of food. Since that time, GMCR has been supporting a variety of projects aimed at helping these farming families become more food secure, primarily through crop and income diversification, as they continue to grow coffee.

Approximately 85% of GMCR coffees originate in Latin America, with less than 10% from Africa. Currently GMCR is purchasing coffee in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.

GMCR has a practice of contributing on an annual basis 5% of its pre-tax earnings to support projects in communities where they do business. Approximate 50% of these funds are put to work in the U.S., while the balance has been put to work in origin communities. This past year, based on the strong indicators from the work CIAT and others have conducted in the GMCR supply chain, over 50% of funding in coffee communities has been used to support projects to assist small-scale coffee farmers and their families become more food secure. Currently the projects supported are touching over 40,000 families and approximately 227,000 individuals, including projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

It is great to see the positive impact that research can have in affecting positive change for large numbers of people.

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