Meet the needs of farmworkers, producers, and local organizations, while identifying and implementing solution to make employment within the coffee industry more socially viable.
Farmworkers are among the most vulnerable and invisible partners in the coffee supply chain, yet – they are directly responsible for ensuring the success of each year’s harvest. Las Manos del Café is the first project of its kind that aims to develop and implement mechanisms targeted specifically at elevating the well-being and socio-economic livelihood of farmworkers. By ensuring the basic needs of farmworkers are being met, we are creating a more dignified and socially viable workforce in the coffee sector.
This project has been successfully implemented across three Cooperatives in Caldas, Colombia, with 9,099 direct beneficiaries, 6,574 of which are farmworkers and 2,525 are family members.
Las Manos del Café began as a pilot project (Aguadas Farmworkers) in 2016, guided by our hypothesis that by improving labor working conditions, providing better access to information, and establishing training programs for farmworkers, small-scale farm owners would then be able to attract and retain qualified labor, year after year.
As farm labor shortages is a reality for most coffee farmers worldwide, the pilot aimed to investigate how to alleviate this pressure by encouraging the dwindling labor force to remain in coffee production by providing them growth and development opportunities. A project focuses solely on addressing the needs of farm workers not only provides a viable solution in alleviating labor shortages but also contributes to enhancing coffee quality and quantity – benefiting all actors in the supply chain.
*This group also conducted the characterization, base line survey, monitoring and manual guidelines of the project.
Project partners: SCA – Rainforest – UTZ, FTUSA, Catholic Relief Services, National Federation of Coffee Growers, Aguadas Cooperative, Alto Occidente Cooperative, Norte de Caldas Cooperative, Solidaridad, Fundacion +Rural, Keurig, Starbucks, RGC Coffee.