Helping Latin American Coffee Growers Fight the Leaf Rust Epidemic

The partnership will support Latin American coffee growers in the fight to contain a devastating leaf rust epidemic.

Helping Latin American Coffee Growers Fight the Leaf Rust Epidemic

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR), the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the InterAmerican Development Bank and Skoll Foundation will support the non-profit agricultural lender Root Capital‘s Coffee Farmer Resilience Initiative. The initiative is a collaborative venture designed to stabilize supply chains by investing in coffee farmers at the base of the value chain, who are on the front lines of battling the leaf rust epidemic in Latin America. The largest-ever partnership between the organizations combines long-term lending to finance the replacement of diseased coffee trees affected by the fungal disease with short-term trade credit, financial management training, climate-smart agronomic assistance and household-level income diversification.

The $7 million initiative will allow Root Capital to lend more than $10 million for resilience investments, and provide financial management training, to 50 agricultural enterprises representing 40,000 farmers, reaching approximately 200,000 family members in farming communities in Latin America. Beyond the direct impact, the initiative aims to serve as a blueprint for holistic investments in farmer resilience that can be replicated and scaled by other private-public partnerships in agriculture. Seeded with funding from the Skoll Foundation, the initiative complements global efforts to build the market for smallholder agricultural finance in a manner that encourages environmental stewardship and resilience, in addition to sustainable rural livelihoods.


  • Root Capital

    Investment & Finance
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    They help unlock opportunity for people in vulnerable places.

    In order to address some of the world's most fundamental challenges—feeding the future, preserving the planet,...

  • Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF)

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) supports economic growth and poverty reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean through encouraging increased private investment...

  • Skoll Foundation

    Staff size: 26-50

    The Skoll Foundation encompasses two separate corporations: a private foundation, The Skoll Foundation, and a public charity whose legal name is The Skoll Fund. The Skoll Fund, created in 1999,...

  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMRC)

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    A leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative Keurig® brewing technology, and...

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Key Information

LocationLatin America and Caribbean
  • Start Date 2013
ValueUSD 7 Million