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Academic research in our projects, stories from the field work, editorials on the coffee sector and personal stories from our staff. Our blog is providing a wide range of stories and a deep insight into our work.

A Letter from Ethiopia

Turuwark Zalalam Warkineh is Assistant Professor in the department of Adult Education and Community Development at the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences in Bahir Dar University (BDU), Ethiopia. She underwent a field study in the CAFE-project, HRNS...

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Café con Historia: López Urrea Family

Café con Historia recognizes the incredible work of coffee farming families taking part in our projects around the world!  María López, from Corquín, Honduras shares her story behind the coffee produced for the 4th Edition of Café con Historia!  This coffee promotes...

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Wake up and smell the fries!

Grace Mbise and her husband are preparing their farm in west Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. But today, they are not working in their coffee fields. Grace grows both potatoes and coffee. “The cost of production for coffee and potatoes are almost the same”, she says. “But...

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How Stella Got Her Life Back On Track

If you look beyond Stella’s frail physique you will see an abundance of infinite strength and determination in her eyes... In the year 2007, life struck Stella a devastating blow with the loss of her husband who was the family's main bread winner. In spite of the...

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Colombian Youth Defining Their Future

The fog was heavy, and the clouds were thick as we wound our way up the dirt road in the early morning on the outskirts of the municipality of Dos Quebradas, Risaralda, Colombia. The ground was soaked from rain the night before, and even though our fingers were...

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Climate – Smart Coffee in Uganda

At the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) we believe that adaptation to climate change should not be driven by a long series of bitter experiences of failed harvests. This is why we are part of the Feed the Future Alliance for Resilient Coffee, a...

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Kitchen Thoughts on Gender Mainstreaming

Johannes Thoma (26), Executive Management Assistant at implementing partner Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung recently visited Tanzania to learn more about the Household Gender Approach component of c&c.“I have seen women walking 10 hours to get water! “, I grumbled as I...

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An engaging knowledge sharing joint field visit

“My coffee farm is now performing much better and my family members come to see what they can do to improve their yields,” Stella Nakaggawa proclaimed as she motioned everyone to weave further into the maze of coffee branches. Her farm is exemplary in Luwero District...

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Not the ordinary camping trip

This summer, I had the privilege to join Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) during Coffee Camp in Copán, Honduras. Coffee Camp is a multi-stakeholder initiative led by HRNS, which brings together local institutions and the coffee community. The aim is to guide youth in...

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A community takes care of its own water supply

Since 2010, the initiative for coffee&climate (c&c) implements its vision to enable coffee farmers worldwide to adapt to climate change. Water scarcity is one of the challenges, farmers face. HRNS-staff Johannes Thoma tells the story of the Idugumbi-Community...

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My Awe and Amazement with the Mareu Youth Group

Our program Coffee Kids aims to empower young coffee farmers to create thriving businesses. This it how they do it in Tanzania: On a seemingly typical December morning, the time had come for me to visit the Mareu Youth Group in Arusha region, Tanzania. I planned to do...

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