Are we drinking coffee at the expense of 25 million coffee smallholders? Yes. Unfortunately, we are. The coffee price crisis proves that smallholders in origin are not receiving enough to make a decent living. Or as the SCA puts it;
Consistent low prices and pricing volatility, contribute to unsustainable livelihoods for coffee farming communities.
First, we singled out 278 out-growers in Guji to investigate their incomes. The out-growers produced two washed coffee lots for our core-partner Tesfaye Bekele – the owner of the Suke Quto farm and washing station.
Tesfaye tracked the out-growers’ deliveries and payments they received. We collected this data and shared it with Fairfood – our partner who built a traceability platform.
I believe that more transparency will increase the income of the out-growers that deliver the coffee cherries.
For five months, we collected data from 278 Suke Quto out-growers. This data will show you what goes into the farmer’s pocket. Scary and confronting, we know. But also necessary if we want to improve the lives of growers. Making coffee better starts with making supply chains transparent.
Ready to discover what we found? Explore the Suke Quto supply chain today.