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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.

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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Coffee Pulp Soda?!

An accustomed Wednesday morning in San Antonio Huista, Huehuetenango, Guatemala always starts with a traditional breakfast of eggs, black beans and plantains, and an early visit to the local market to get fresh food for the day. Today was different. The busiest street...

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Climate Smart Innovation in Tanzania

Since 2010, the initiative for coffee&climate (c&c) implements its vision to enable coffee farmers worldwide to adapt to climate change. See how this resulted in climate-smart innovation in Usa River, Tanzania. Ubunifu is the Swahili word for creativity. And...

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Els in the Field

“Can we have both of them in the shot for the interview?” I asked Els while setting up the camera, nodding to the change agent couples sitting a few meters away from us. They were waiting to be interviewed by Els Lecoutere, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of...

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Brazil: An Emotional Journey

HRNS is an exclusive implementing partner for International Coffee Partners (ICP), so sometimes we in headquarters, get the opportunity to travel to origin to visit with farmers, partners, and all the key players of the region. When the chance arose to travel to...

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Investing in Youth in Coffee Growing Communities

Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS), SAFE and the Sustainable Food Lab conducted a review of current programs and practices to support youth in coffee growing communities in Latin America. From the executive summary: "The issue of sustainability in the coffee sector has...

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