In May 2017, Raw Material met with two coffee producer
groups in Pitalito, Huila, to understand what is preventing
farmers from accessing the specialty market.
These groups represent almost 300 families, around
660Ha of coffee farmland, and around 1 million kg of
coffee (parchment) production each year. Despite good
production levels, income from coffee for these families
dropped to unsustainable levels in the past few years.
They face a crossroad; either find alternative means
of income outside coffee, or find a more stable and
sustainable market. During these discussions we heard
farmers describe their core challenges: a lack of key
infrastructure; and lack of stable prices to provide
certainty for investment in improved quality. Together,
we also uncovered a wide gap between how coffee
quality is discussed and measured at the farm level
compared with the roasting end of the value chain.
To address these challenges, we launched
Red Associations. Red in Spanish means network,
representing the producers and roasters working
together to create a sustainable value chain.
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