Good Hands in Coffee
Keywords: Uganda , Farming , Education , Small Size Charity , Amigos
Using their innovative Kira Hub Farm, Amigos provides training in conversation farming to villages in Uganda. The charity also provide vocational skills, education materials and supplies and installs boreholes for clean water. As much work as possible is performed by local paid Ugandan staff. In 2017 they helped 1260 subsitence farmers and the 15,120 members of their households. In 2017 they created six boreholes for clean water, trained 400 farmers in beekeeping and distributed 200 hives, kept 377 children in education (opposed to being in work or married at an early age). Amigos does not strictly work in coffee, but more broadly in farming and welfare in Uganda. Amigos Worldwide is registered in Devon, UK and has a staff of 1 full time and 2 part time employees and a board of 8 Officers. Amigos Worldwide’s UK charity registration number is: 1119450. This charity operates at under $1mil per annum.
Keywords: Coffee , Rwanda , Bike , Climate Change , Bikes
Bikes to Rwanda’s (also known by Project Rwanda) aim is to provide cargo bicycles to co-operative coffee farmers in Rwanda. The goal is to improve quality of life in these communities through a bike distribution, workshop construction and maintenance training program that provides transportation resources for basic needs and enhances production of quality coffee. Founded in 2006 after founder of Stumptown Coffee, Duane Sorenson asked the Karaba Communities coffee farmers what they needed most and their response was ‘bicycles’. Bikes to Rwanda is based in Portland, USA.
Keywords: Coffee , Birds , Climate Change , Large Charity
Bird Friendly Coffee is actually a certification scheme started by the Smithsonian National Zoo & Biological Conservation Institute. Bird Friendly coffee comes from farms that provide good, forest-like habitat for birds. Bird Friendly coffees are the world’s only shade-grown, organic coffees certified by third-party inspectors using criteria established by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. These criteria are based on years of research and are scientifically proven to provide bird habitat second only to undisturbed forest. Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) is a nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C., USA, it’s charitable tax ID number is 52-0853312. You may donate generally to the Friends of the National Zoo, but this money may only indirect go to the Bird Friendly Coffee project. The FONZ operates at over $1mil per annum.
Keywords: Coffee , Climate Change , Sustainability , Business Development , Water , Women , Brazil , Vietnam , Guatemala , Honduras , Tanzania , Global
Founded in 2010, the initiative for coffee&climate (C&C) is an expansive project working on many different projects in order to combat climate change. C&C’s core functions are to train coffee producers, to trial and test climate adaption and mitigation practices and build communities locally and globally around the issue of climate change and coffee. Funded in large part by large scale roasters, both specialty and commodity, C&C was initiated by, among others, Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung. One example of the work that C&C is doing is that in Brazil they have trained over 12,000 farmers in climate change adaptation and mitigation practices (including, implementing windbreaks, rainwater harvesting, shade management and permanent preservation areas). One of the most interesting parts of the organizations work is it’s online toolbox (, which is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Vietnamese. Within this toolbox are many different case studies that might help inform producers or agronomists in best practices. As part of the HRNS network, coffee&climate is based in Hamburg, Germany.
Keywords: Guatemala , Women , Business Development , Economic Diversification , Health
Founded in 2004 by Unitrade (exporting company), Coffee Care focuses on the 3 most important coffee regions of Guatemala: Oriente, Atitlán and Huehuetenango. In these three regions they invest in special projects depending on the communities requirements and needs. Coffee Care believes that external aid can never break the cycle of poverty, therefore they focus on long term improvements to coffee businesses and education. So far the charity has worked with over 1500 small coffee producers, improving their coffee production capacities and finding sources of alternative income generation during off seasons. Other than sponsoring nutrition, education and special needs of over 200 students in elementary schools yearly, Coffee Care also runs scholarship programs for high school and university diplomas. According to their records, between 89-92% of donations are invested directly in their projects. Coffee Care has 8 staff and while registered in Miami. More information is needed about this charity that was not available to our researchers.
Keywords: Coffee , School , Children , Health , Global , Vietnam , Uganda , Ethiopia , Zambia , Peru , Colombia , Costa Rica , Nicaragua , Honduras , Guatemala , Medium Charity , Costa
Founded in 2007 The Costa Foundation aims to fund schools which provide individual wellbeing and a safe, quality education within coffee growing communities. All projects are required to have fresh water and separate sanitation facilities for boys and girls. Depending on local needs the Foundation also funds child nutrition programmes, electricity installations, boarding accommodation, teacher’s accommodation, libraries, science labs, computer labs and safety infrastructure, such as perimeter fencing, safety lighting and flood barriers. The Foundation principally provides funds to local education authorities or other NGOs to achieve the Foundations aims. The Foundation has supported 72 school projects in 10 countries around the World. The Costa Foundation operates from Dunstable, UK, and is a registered charity (charity number England and Wales 1147400 and Scotland SCO43414). This charity operates at over $1mil per annum.
Keywords: Coffee , Global , Economic Diversification , Business Development , Water , Nicaragua , El Salvador , Honduras , Guatemala , Ecuador , Colombia , Brazil , DR Congo , Ethiopia , Kenya , Small Sized Charity , CRS
Catholic Relief Services is an organization of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. CRS works in over 100 countries to assist people of all backgrounds, working side by side with others so they can lift themselves out of poverty, assisting during emergencies and enabling people to build the resiliency they need to stand on their own. Since 2012 their Coffeelands projects have been running through much of Latin America and Africa. Each country is part of a different specific ‘Project’ including supporting exportation and business growth, to farm diversification and agricultural training. Based on a report from CRS, of all donations 93% went to their projects and 7% went to operational costs (2018 report). Catholic Relief Services is based in Baltimore, Maryland, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations to CRS are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable under the law. This charity operates at (just under) $1mil per annum.
Keywords: Coffee , Climate , Sustainability , Business Development , Certificate , Global , Uganda , Ethiopia , Indonesia , Guatemala , Nicaragua , Costa Rica , Colombia , Enveritas
Enveritas was founded in 2016 to overcome systemic barriers that prevent the application of proven solutions for ending poverty among smallholder coffee growers. With a grand goal of ending poverty within coffee communities by 2030. This unique non-profit recognises that unorganized smallholders are often barred from access to sustainability projects and standards. Enveritas collects data on 30 sustainability issues from remote small farms. According to the typical coffee grower served by Enveritas has less than two hectares of land, lives on less than $2 a day and relies on cash crops for their family’s income. Enveritas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, based in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, United States. This charity operates at over $1mil per annum.
Keywords: Global , Coffee , Certification , Large Charity , Fairtrade
The mission of Fairtrade is to connect disadvantaged producers and consumers, promote fairer trading conditions and empower producers to combat poverty, strengthen their position and take more control over their lives. Fairtrade was started in response to the dire struggles of Mexican coffee farmers following the collapse of world coffee prices in the late 1980s. With Fairtrade, certified coffee producer organisations are guaranteed to receive at least the Fairtrade Minimum Price for their coffee, which aims to cover their costs of production and act as a safety net when market prices fall below a sustainable level. Through their producer organisations, farmers also receive the additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community improvements. At Fairtrade we care about improving quality, and Fairtrade coffee farmers must use at least 25 per cent of the Fairtrade Premium to enhance productivity and quality, for example by investing in processing facilities. There are 537 Fairtrade certified coffee producer organisations working with around 800,000 smallholder farmers. In 2013-14, coffee farmers received €49 million (around $63 million USD) in Fairtrade Premium funds. In 2017, coffee farmers received €74 million (around $83 million USD) in Premiums. Fairtrade has a number of companies around the World, but Fairtrade International is based in Bonn, Germany. This charity operates on a budget of over $10mil per annum.
Keywords: Uganda , Tanzania , Ethiopia , Kenya , Farming , Business Development , Economic Diversification , Women , Large Charity , Farm Africa
The aims of Farm Africa are to increase the quantity, quality and value of farmers produce, while improving overall sustainability and helping improve their business structure (through the formation of co-operatives). Founded in 1985 Farm Africa is one of Europe’s leading NGO’s in agricultural development in Sub-saharan Africa. Farm Africa currently has over 170 staff operating in Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya. At present they have projects promoting wild coffee from the Bale region of Ethiopia ( and delivering training in coffee production in Uganda to young farmers (
Keywords: Colombia , Nicaragua , Mexico , Guatemala , Food Security , Large Charity , Food4Farmers
Food 4 Farmers works to tackle hunger within coffee growing communities. Focused largely on co-operative and community organized farming groups, providing customized strategies to increase food production and food security. Food 4 Farmers highlights the reality of ‘seasonal hunger’ which occurs due to the irregularity of payments on coffees being delivered. Paradoxically, this charity sees how a focus on coffee and specialty coffee production has driven farmers to stop growing foodstuffs on their own land and the risks this exposes farmers to. According to a survey referenced by the charity around two-thirds of coffee producers go hungry for three months every year. Food 4 Farmer currently partners with over 3,000 coffee farming families across four Latin American countries. Food security is often achieved by diversifying crops grown on farms and distributing bees, beekeeping equipment and training. Food 4 Farmers is is based in Hinesburg, Vermont, United States. This charity operates on a budget of over $10mil per annum.
Keywords: Women , Coffee , Global , Business Development , Gender
Gender in Coffee is working to promote gender equality especially in producing countries. On smallholder farms producing 80% of the world’s coffee, men and women often have specific roles on the family farm. Women typically do the majority of the work that directly impacts quality and yields while men control transporting and selling. Despite the importance of plant care, harvesting, processing and sorting to a better, more quality-centered coffee-growing business, women are often excluded from decision-making processes. Promoting gender equity within the coffee sector improves the viability of smallholder coffee farming as a family business and prepares more women as well as men to better meet industry demands. Increasing women’s participation in parity to men's participation in supply chains can also lead to significant improvements in crop productivity and quality, as well as global food security and poverty reduction.
Keywords: Economic Diversification , Food Security , Rwanda , Gitesi Project
Founded in 2015 by Tim Williams, the Gitesi Project has a simple goal: to use its funds to purchase cows as a secondary source of food and income for farmers in the Gitesi community. Since 2015-16, 54 cows have been donated using funding raised by Gitesi Project. Some of the cows have had calves and when this happens, the calves are donated to a family. In addition to the cows donated, the Project has funded health insurance for over 100 families, paid for cow sheds to be built for the cows and a small amount of money has been spent purchasing spray pumps for farmers to manage vegetation. Leah McPherson the COO of Bureaux Collective says: ""We're helping to bring about some economic-cushioning for coffee growing households. Whether the coffee crop is good or bad, the cows will produce milk that can nourish children or be sold at local markets."" The Gitesi Project is part of the Bureaux Collective business, based in Melbourne, Australia and is unable to provide formal financial reports at this time.
Keywords: Health , Cancer , Women , Global , Tanzania , Peru , Nicaragua , Mexico , Kenya , Ethiopia , Small Charity , Grounds for Health
Grounds for Health works within the coffee sector to bring healthcare and education about cervical cancer to the developing world. Founded in 1996 by Dan Cox initially work was focused in Mexico and now works in many countries around the World. Cervical cancer affects more women in rural areas than any other cancer and is curable if detected early enough. At present (2018) their work screens around 14,000 women a year. In 2018 there was also 1,615 women treated by Grounds for Health for positive tests of cervical cancer. Grounds for Health is based in Williston, USA and is registered as a 501(c)(3). This charity operates at under $1mil per annum.
Keywords: Reforestation , Climate Change , Central America , Mexico , Peru , Small Charity , Grow Ahead
Currently working in Central America to help plant trees to fight climate change. In addition, the founders hope that agroforestry practices will improve social, economic, and environmental benefits by restoring water and nutrients to their soil, increase the production of food, and pull carbon out of the atmosphere. Grow Ahead operates on a budget of under $1 mil.
Keywords: Food Security , Gender Issues , Global , Economic Diversity , Heifer
Heifer’s PROMESA Coffee & Cocoa program in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Mexico effects over 164,000 families and will be running until 2024. Focused around incorporating farmers into organizational structures for marketing, to reduce their food vulnerability and also reduce their dependence on a single seasonal product. More than 75% of donations go directly to supporting programs, with just 5% allocated to administrational costs.
Keywords: Coffee , Business Development , Global , HRN Stifung
Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) was founded in 2005 by Michael R. Neumann and his family. Building on the deep family history of working side-by-side with smallholder coffee farmers as green coffee traders. The objectives of the foundation are livelihood improvement in tropical rural environments, youth projects as well as nature and the environment. Since 2005 HRNS has helped 288,499 farmer families in 22 countries. HRNS believe in supporting smallholder farmers and their families on their path to becoming economically self-sufficient and prosperous, being competitive business people in coffee by strengthening their entrepreneurial skills and organizational development. Based on an external audit undertaken in 2018, for every $1 USD invested in HRNS’s projects in Trifinio, there was $3.7 USD benefit to farmers involved. Around half of all beneficiaries of HRNS’s projects are based in Africa. Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung is based in Hamburg, Germany and has six regional offices around the World.
Keywords: Climate Change , Economic Diversification , Food Security , Global , Gender , Large Charity , Lutheran World Relief
Lutheran World Relief (LWR) was founded in 1945, originally with a focus on providing aid to Europe after the Second World War. However, LWR is now working all over the Globe in a broad range of aid missions including providing support to coffee farmers and coffee producing countries more broadly. In 2018 there were 53 different projects focused on agricultural work, helping over 130,000 farmers. In particular they work to diversify crops on coffee farms, improve coffee quality through technical and financial support, encourage gender equality initiatives and strength cooperatve structures. In addition they also use impact investing to support coffee businesses in origin that are bringing increase profits to producers. One particular example of their work is how in Flores, Indonesia, where LWR has been working with the farmers and coffee cooperatives in the villages around the mountainside town of Bajawa. In this area of Flores they improved the productivity and quality of their coffee, enabling them to sell it for a higher profit. A key feature of the project was a “farmer school” where coffee growers learned about best practices for cultivation, including pruning, soil conservation and the use of organic fertilizer. Lutheran World Relief operates on over $10 million per annum and is based in Balitmore, Maryland, United States of America.
Keywords: Water , Women , Children , Health , Ethiopia , Rwanda , Tanzania , Nicaragua , Uganda , Small Charity
Project Waterfall is a charity initiative founded by The Allegra Foundation (a marketing group) to bring clean, safe drinking water, sanitation and education to coffee growing communities. Since 2011 the initiative has raised over £1 million (approx. $1.3 million) and brought clean drinking water to over 37,000 people across 7 countries. 100% of donations from the public go towards funding clean water projects. Project Waterfall believe that in providing access to clean water, they can help break the poverty cycle, by alleviating health issues and providing better education and income. The Allegra Foundation operates from London, UK and is a registered charity (1133540). The Allegra Foundation operates at under $1mil per annum.
Keywords: Coffee , Guatemala , Food Security , Health , Education , Women , Children , Business Diversification , Small Charity , Pueblo a Pueblo
The mission of Pueblo a Pueblo is to improve health, education and food security of families in rural coffee-growing communities. Founded in 2001, Pueblo a Pueblo means ‘Village to Village’ and focuses on rural communities in Guatemala. The charity trains community members to manage and maintain their wide range of projects. Their current projects include reducing infant mortality, providing support to children to attend school, teaching children to grow their own vegetables and equipping coffee farmers to diversify their incomes. One example of a project the charity is undertaking is their Maternal Child Health project where education about pregnancy, health risks and access to preventative and curative health care is provided to mothers. Pueblo a Pueblo is based in Solola, Guatemala but is registered in Neenah, Wiscousin, United States and is a Section 501(c)(3) charity. This charity operates on under $1mil per annum.
Keywords: Investment , Micro-loans , Global , Large Charity , Root Capital
Root Capital (RC) was founded in 1999 and now works in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Root Capital focuses on providing loans and financing to businesses that often large banks will not. The work that RC has done has impacted some 1.3 million farmers around the World, including but not only coffee farmers. By providing financing to co-operatives and other agricultural enterprises, they are able to relieve financial pressure on these organizations during the harvest period. Often farmers want to sell to co-operatives, but the groups do not necessarily have the liquid currency to purchase all the coffee that is offered to them and as such certain farmers are left out of co-operative systems. Root Capital believe that through these agricultural enterprises, small holder farmers are receiving high incomes and more support, as such Root Capital attempts to support such agricultural enterprises. Enterprises that borrow from RC grow at a rate of 20-25% over multiple years. An example of their work in coffee, is with Ketiara cooperative in Indonesia. In 2014 RC provided a loan of $550,000 in order for Ketiara to pay farmers between harvesting their coffee and selling it on the global market. Through RC’s support Ketiara has been able to grow substantially and now even offers coffee produced exclusively by women, helping to raise their profile and provide a higher income for women coffee farmers. Over half of all loans provided by RC are to coffee businesses. Root Capital has offices around the World including in Cambridge, Massuchussetts, United States of America and operates on an annual budget of over $10 million.
Keywords: Coffee , Women , Business Development , Guatemala , Bolivia , Peru , Small Charity , SID World
Strategies for International Development (SID) helps poor farmers by increasing their productivity, conserving the natural resources they rely upon and empowering women to play an equal role in these businesses. Their vision is of prosperous rural communities in developing countries, where farmers do not need to migrate to cities or other countries in search of betterment. At the beginning of each dry, rainy and harvest season, farmers working with SID select practices they will adopt and the charity provides technical assistance in these practices. The results are then reviewed by the charity at the end of each season. SID’s staff provide twice-monthly technical assistance in each community, alongside support of volunteer community leaders. SID’s projects work on farming more broadly, including coffee projects, like their work in Guatemala where in by 2015 SID had helped 1,450 families increase their productivity by 30% and by the same time in 2016 they had helped another 1,480 families increase productivity even more. Strategies for International Development is based in Washington DC, United States. This charity operates on less than $1mil per annum.
Keywords: Global , Coffee , Economic Diversification , Business Development , Kenya , Ethiopia , Guatemala , South Sudan , Colombia , Honduras , Large Charity , Technoserve
Short for ‘Technology in the Service of Mankind’, Technoserve was founded in 1968 by Ed Bullard after a visit to Ghana. Working initially in Honduras and then Kenya, Technoserve now benefits businesses and producers, including coffee focused businesses, in over 29 countries. Thanks to a large donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Technoserve began it’s Coffee Initiative in 2008 which focuses on quality improvement as a means to increase profits for wet-mills and coffee producers. The NGO claims to benefit almost half a million people around the world and be increasing wealth of the beneficiaries of its programs by a total of $188 million (in 2018). According to a financial report in 2017, 85% of expenditure went to their projects, 13% to management of the company and 2% to fundraising. Technoserve is based in Washington DC, USA and is registered as a 501(c)(3). This charity operates at over $10mil per annum.
Keywords: Uganda , Nicaragua , Ecuador , Guatemala , Business Development , Economic Diversification , Small Charity , Chain Collaborative
The Chain Collaborative (TCC) was founded in 2015 and works to implement long term change in coffee communities, largely through educating and investing in Change Leaders (community based organisation of local leaders who can deliver TCC longterm goals). The mission of TCC is to invest in the capacity of these Change Leaders to drive grassroots, sustainable change and development. Interestingly for a charitable organization, TCC actually works also by providing consultancy to other charities like Pueblo a Pueblo. One project that The Chain Collaborative has been working on is in partnering with Las Diosas womens cooperative in Nicaragua. Here they supported the cooperative in increasing their food security in 2018, which was a serious issue given the political unrest, and whats more, helped increased the amount of coffee processed and sold by 82.7%. Around 84% of TCC’s income was spent on it’s programs and projects last year, with the remaining 16% being split between fundraising and administration. The Chain Collaborative is based in Astoria, New York, United States and is operates on less than $1million per annum.
Keywords: Coffee , Children , Economic Diversification , Business Development , Global , Coffee Kids
Founded in 1988, Coffee Kids was more recently incorporated into the Hans Neumann Group. Through rural business workshops, Coffee Kids helps young farmers realize their full potential as part of the global coffee community. The trainings provide space where young men and women learn how to apply their creativity and ideas to develop productive enterprises in coffee within their communities. Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America is a 501(c)(3) registered in Brooklyn, USA.
Keywords: Guatemala , Roya , Education , Poverty , Economic Diversification , Small Size Charity , Coffee Trust
Working specifically in the Ixil region of Northern Guatemala, Coffee Trust works to improve the lives of coffee farmers in this area that was previously devasted by civil war. Bringing support to combat Roya (Leaf Rust – link), improve education and generally elevate poverty. One example, is how The Coffee Trust enabled the founding of a micro-credit program to assist over 3,000 women, to grow 100 gardens and nearly double coffee production after losing 80% of their crop to Roya fungus. The Coffee Trust won the National Coffee Association’s Charity of the Year in 2019. The Coffee Trust is based in Sante Fe, USA and Balcones de las Charcas, Guatemala, with a total of 11 staff and board members. The Coffee Trust is registered as a 501(c)(3) . This charity operates at under $1mil per annum.
Keywords: Ethiopia , Water , Medium Size Charity
The Water Project aim to provide fresh, clean water to sub-Saharan Africa. The Water Project is not strictly a coffee focused charity, but impacts the lives of coffee farmers and their families as part of the broader scope of their work in Africa. As of the time of writing (April, 2019) the Water Project helps 428,000+ people with its 1,200+ water collection points. The charity invests in local teams to build and maintain the water stations (including borehole wells, The Water Project uses a range of water collection solutions). The Water Project provides in-depth information about it’s work, where it is ongoing and where it has been successful. It shows a considerable amount of transparency and specificity should you wish to help a specific community or area of sub-Saharan Africa. Around 81% (according to Financial Reports of 2017) of all donations go to the projects, with 12% being spent on fundraising and, 7% spent on administration of the charity. Water Project Inc., is based in Concord, USA and has at least 14 staff and 5 board members. Water Project Inc. is registered as a 501(c)(3). This charity operates at over $1mil per annum.
Keywords: Education , Water , Women , Children , Kenya , India , Ecuador , Nicaragua , Haiti , Sierra Leone , China , Ethiopia , Large Charity , WE Charity
WE charity is a global non-profit focused on empowering communities to lift themselves out of poverty, end child labour and release people from modern slavery. With a unique model, WE implement WE Villages, a five-pillar international development model: Education, Water, Health, Food and Opportunity. By working to improve each of these pillars by providing access to education, health, fresh waster, food and the finances to invest in themselves, WE believes its community led programs can deeply improve the lives of those involved. Through it’s charitable works over 1 million individuals have gained access to clean water and $36 million worth of medical supplies have been distributed. In El Trapiche, Nicaragua, WE Charity built a primary school where previously the closest school was a 40 minute walk through a canyon that fills with water during the rainy season. This school now enrols grade 1 through 6. While WE does not work directly with coffee communities, it’s work does impact these communities around the World. WE also works with Singh Lamarche LLP, Torys and Miller Thompson, and other third-party experts in international development and employment law, to review their work. An average of 90 percent of donations go directly to WE’s charitable efforts. No moe than $3 for every $100 raised is spent on fundraising. WE Charity is largely supported by the ‘ME to WE’ social enterprise, which has donated on average over 90% of it’s profits into the WE charity. We Movement and We Charity are based in Toronto, Canada. This charity operates on a budget of over $10mil per annum
Keywords: Women , Coffee , Business Development , Small Charity
The mission of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) is to empower women in the international coffee community with the broader aim of achieving sustainable livelihoods for women in coffee. The IWCA was founded in 2003 and currently operates chapters in 24 countries; with it’s first Chapter founded in Costa Rica. Additionally, the IWCA strives to build relationships among coffee-related businesses and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), creating a global platform for sharing skills, information, resources, experiences, and ideas across all levels of the production chain. Individual chapters work to improve education and provide a business support network for women working in the coffee industry. The International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization based in Springfield, Illinois, United State. This charity operates at over $1mil per annum.
Keywords: Scientific Research , Roya , Coffee , Climate Change , Sustainability , Medium Size Charity , World Coffee Research
World Coffee Research (WCR) has a mission to grow, protect, and enhance supplies of quality coffee while improving the livelihoods of the families who produce it. With a clear focus on genetics and the breeding of new coffee varieties, WCR is trying to safeguard existing coffee genetics while developing viable strains of coffee for the future. In addition, WCR undertakes research on how and where climate change will effect coffee producers and has even begun promoting the dissemination of new, more robust and disease resistant strains of coffee. WCR works globally and collaborates with other research institutes. One important contribution that the organization has already made is the availability of the more codified information on coffee varieties to help inform farmers in making decisions on which plants to use. As an example of the field work that WCR undertakes, in the Democratic Republic of Congo they helped assess the best varieties for producers contributing to Kahawa Bora Ya Kivu, while also supporting farmers with technical assistance in the set up of three washing stations and a cupping lab. According to their 2018 Annual Report, WCR for every dollar contributed by donors in the coffee industry, WCR conducts $1.53 worth of research. World Coffee Research operates on a budget of over $1 million per annum.
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