Since 2009, International Coffee Partners (ICP) has worked with several communities and coffee organizations throughout the Trifinio Region of Central America. Located in the trip-border area of Guatemala,  El Salvador and Honduras, coffee is the main cash crop for smallholder families.

In previous years, it was common for coffee farmers to work individually. However, because of low prices, high production costs and limited access to markets, the need to join a coffee organization has become significantly important. That’s why ICP incorporated this aspect into our non-profit project work. Along with our implementing partner, Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS), one of the aims of our project has been to strengthen coffee cooperatives. These organizations equip farmers with the correct knowledge and tools needed to improve the productivity and quality of their coffee. Since joining a coffee organization, smallholder coffee farmers have received entrepreneurial, environmental, nutritional and organizational training that they’ve been able to apply on-field.

Coffee Cooperatives representatives and community leaders in the region share their insight on how our projects have supported them and what impacts they’ve been able to see since the project began.

“Coffee farmer’s focus has changed from working individually to wanting to be part of an organization. Better opportunities for them have come since and they’ve been able to see witness the results” says Angelio Landaverde, President of the Coffee Cooperative ACPRO.

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