Green Mountain Coffee, Fair Trade USA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have partnered to promote environmental education among Brazil’s coffee growers.
The Sustainable Sourcing Partnership Project aims to increase producers’ understanding of Fair Trade environmental standards and Brazilian environmental law. The collaboration is designed to help new producers get Fair Trade certification, increasing the amount of land protected by the seal, the organizations said. The project will also help producers interested in organic coffee growing, and help them get market access. Small-holder coffee cooperatives will get technical help in three areas: increasing the amount of cultivated land under Fair Trade environmental standards, growing organic-certified coffees for export to the U.S., and developing sustainable agronomy skills.
Green Mountain Coffee and USAID both contributed $200,000 to fund the initiative. Fair Trade USA is spearheading the program and providing technical and staff expertise.
|Location||Brazil, Latin America and Caribbean|
|Value||USD 400 Thousand|