Prospering Coffee Farmer Generations
Smallholder farmers represent the majority of worldwide coffee producers who are often referred to as “bottom of the pyramid”. They face low productivity and often struggle to make a living. Lack of income diversity, distance from the market, gender inequalities, environmental degradation, low yields, price volatility and effects of climate change are making the life of coffee farmers unstable. This pushes youth into migrating from rural areas. We put short- and long-term needs of coffee farmer communities at the center of our work.
The average smallholder coffee farmer is 56 years old. But there is more youth in the world than ever before and more will come. This is an opportunity for social and economic progress – also for the coffee sector – which tends to get lost or turns into a problem if life perspectives in coffee regions remain uncertain. The relation between youth migration, rural livelihoods, and coffee production is not yet addressed enough by the coffee sector.
Coffee farmer families need a programmatic approach reaching beyond productivity. At Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung since long we are operating at the bottom of the pyramid where we address coffee as an element of rural livelihood concepts. Our approaches are accompanied by other suitable income-generating activities on- and off-farm to support farmer families to move out of and away from poverty.
Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung makes that possible. Read how:
Some Facts About Smallholder Coffee Farmers
Number of coffee farmers worldwide.
Percentage of coffee farmers that are considered as smallholder.
Worlds coffee produced by smallholder coffee farmers (137 million bags).
Source: Enveritas Analysis 2018