Current thinking from COSA on sustainability challenges and practical solutions.
Sustainability has long been the domain of government and public agencies and NGOs. In a shift that portends a seismic change in how sustainability works, it is the private sector that is increasingly pushing the envelope. But are we seeing any real impact? […]
The essential question is: can new value substantially increase not only the total value of coffee beyond its current estimates of $200 billion but keep a fair portion of that value with the growers […]
Across the world, an estimated 1.5 billion smallholders depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, many of them vulnerable to climate change, volatile markets, and conflict. A key aspect of development work lies in […]
The development community, with some notable exceptions, is waking up to the absurdity of measuring only their inputs and outputs like the number of farmers trained or the number of hectares certified as “farmed sustainably.” In many cases, missing is the measurement that matters most: […]
The resilience of a household or community is a key factor to address poverty and inequality. And yet, work on this topic is hindered by complexity and the requirement for substantial expertise which both lead to high costs and limited accessibility. […]
“The conversation is now out in the open about the disparate economics in the coffee value chain,” writes Chad Trewick, Board member of the Specialty Coffee Association. […]