In collaboration with partners Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) and Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Environment (SAFE), we are happy to share a new report, Investing in Youth in Coffee Growing Communities, a review of current programs and practices in Latin America.
“If coffee is to be sustained as a crop that delivers well-being to communities in the generations to come, it must offer a promising future for youth in coffee growing countries.”
Our research showed that across the coffee sector all actors understand the importance of engaging with young adults in producer communities and investing in their ability to act as key agents of change. However, there is a clear need to move coffee farming from an obligatory last resort, to an attractive option for young people. In this study HRNS, SAFE and SFL, review a selection of initiatives that are working to engage youth in coffee communities in Latin America. The report draws out examples of good practices and proposes some opportunities for future collaboration across the sector to better understand the needs of young people and help shape coffee farming as a viable career and a driver of community welfare.