• Organization TypeImplementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
  • Staff26-50
  • Development Budget1 Million - 5 Million
  • HeadquartersUnited States
  • Founded1997

Sustainable Harvest International

Sustainable Harvest sources and imports specialty coffees from the finest producers around the world. We create transparent and sustainable supply relationships, investing in training for farmers and ensuring that coffee arrives reliably in its highest quality state to roasters. Since 1997, we have paid nearly $200 million to coffee farmer organizations in Latin America and East Africa. In addition, we have channeled significant investments — over $1.2 million in 2010 — to these coffee-growing communities.Today, our farmer partners supply one out of every five pounds of certified Fair Trade and organic coffee sold in North America. Sustainable Harvest invests more than 60 percent of our operating expenses into farmer training, technology, and infrastructure that our supply chain partners — especially smallholder farmers — need to be successful. As our business grows, so does the good we do in coffee-producing communities. Each harvest, these investments allow us to import better quality coffee at higher volumes. As our business reaches a certain scale, the revenue from coffee sales funds the supply-side activities in a unique, self-sustaining model. Our four offices in Mexico, Peru, and Tanzania provide a platform for additional initiatives in reforestation, food security, and health services. Mission: WE PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT BY PARTNERING WITH FAMILIES TO IMPROVE WELL-BEING THROUGH SUSTAINABLE FARMING. Why? More than half of the world’s tropical forests are already gone and we are losing the other half at the rate of one acre every second. As a result, more than half the species of plants and animals in the world are disappearing, along with carbon stores, which stabilize the climate. It is estimated that 30-40% of deforestation is the result of small scale farmers. Every day, subsistence farmers are unable to provide their families with the modest food and income they need to survive. Lacking access to formal education and unaware of any other way, farmers continue to rely on slash-and-burn agriculture. 3.1 billion people in the developing world live in poverty, and 70% of those going hungry live in rural areas where land is available for farming. Sustainable Harvest International was built on the fact that environmental degradation and rural poverty are unavoidably linked. That’s why the solution must also be linked. Since 1997, we have provided local, long-term technical assistance and training to rural farming families in Central America. Our proven model equips and empowers low-income farmers with the resources to implement alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture, sustain the land for future generations of farmers, halt tropical deforestation, and build strong, self-supporting communities through agribusiness.   We invite you to learn more about our methods and the big impact they are having in the lives of thousands of Central American farmers.  
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Job openings over the past year

2Total posted jobs

Examples of past jobs

  • Manager of Donor Engagement
    United States
  • Field Program Director
    United States

Staff at Sustainable Harvest International have experience in


  • development
  • climate change
  • personnel / human resources
  • reproductive health
  • development aid


  • united states
  • india
  • tanzania
  • panama
  • bangladesh


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

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Company Offices

  • United States (headquarters)
  • Portland
  • The Natural Capital Center 721 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 350