04 Jun '18, 9pm

WHY are farmers hungry?

WHY are farmers hungry?

In recognition of National Farmers Day today in the US, we wanted to highlight one of the most pernicious problems facing farmers across coffee-growing countries: hunger. Because most coffee is harvested annually, the families of coffee farmers struggle to make their annual payout last the entire year. This annual payout is roughly equivalent to $2,342 per 2-hectare farmer, according to the Specialty Coffee Chronicle . This leads to seasonal hunger, which is such a pervasive part of coffee farming that in Central America it has the name los meses flacos, the lean months. Courtesy of SCAA According to Fresh Cup Magazine , back in 2014 the SCAA’s sustainability council issued a whitepaper on food security. They included a summary of studies on the problem in Central America and the Dominican Republic. Throughout the study regions they concluded: more than 60 percent of house...

Full article: https://www.coffeekids.org/2016/10/12/why-are-farmers-hun...

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