Nearly eighty-five percent of young adults are from low-income countries. While agriculture is the primary livelihood for adults in these countries, many youths in rural areas are not equipped with the necessary training or financing to pursue a life in farming. Rural youth often struggle to find a trajectory that will lead to a livelihood with a reliable, year-round income.
SAFE prides itself on being a platform oriented toward action, and also on allowing different actors to converge and work together to transform the realities smallholder coffee and cocoa farmers face.
During the Global Specialty Coffee Expo, new alliances sprouted, and we were able to create ideas on how we could make the most of our Platform.
With a total investment of $3.2 million, The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), several international organizations, and other trade partners will support four specific projects that have just been launched this month as a part of the SAFE Platform. One of them is a SAFE Individual Project and the rest are Small Interventions.
It's three in the morning, when most people are asleep and haven’t even started thinking about the chores of the day, let alone water, a resource many of us take for granted. But not doña Ángela*. She is already up and making her way to Matagalpa, the biggest nearby town, to buy much-needed chlorine for her community’s water system.
2016 brought with it a very interesting journey for SAFE.
Theodora Reyes rarely looks at the camera. I’ve never been in her presence, but in pictures her gaze seems to rather focus on stuff that matter for her, like the tiny coffee plantations that grow sheltered by her confident, skillful hands.
In September I visited Medellin to attend the signing of a new coffee renovation and technification project. The city, a strategic center of one of the most important coffee producing regions in the country, has an atmosphere that mixes with local tragic humor anecdotes about Pablo Escobar.
It is incredible to think that something as small and essential to my life as a cup of coffee is related to the life of so many people around to world As many topics that might determine the future of our region, this one has a dark and a bright side.
Oxfam recently released the paper: Feeding Climate Change, What the Paris Agreement means for food and beverage companies (June, 2016), where it emphasizes that “For the first time, the 2016 World Economic Forum’s global risks report ranks the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation as the most impactful risk to countries and industries, with water crises coming third”.
These numbers are already starting to become a reality with the effort of all partners. The first period for receipt of SAFE projects proposals has recently ended.
Blue Harvest has the challenge of attaining two goals that are apparently opposite. The first one is to reach more production and agricultural productivity and the second is to safeguard water sources. The good news is that it is achieving both.
Creativity and sustainability: Two huge words we love using in our every-day corporate, organization and educational jargon. We do not always stop and think how both connect and how both might define the future of our existence.