01 May '13, 7pm

Leader of the Little Guys: Smallholder farmer talks about achieving climate-friendly verification via @freshcupmag

Leader of the Little Guys: Smallholder farmer talks about achieving climate-friendly verification via @freshcupmag

Group of smallholder farmers in Guatemala is first to grab Climate Friendly verification By Dan Leif When specialty-coffee experts start discussing issues at origin, two topics often get mentioned before all else: climate change and the increasing susceptibility of small farmers. At the recent SCAA Event in Boston, the certifying body Rainforest Alliance brought those two key topics of concern together, announcing that for the first time a group of smallholder farmers had achieved the Rainforest Alliance’s Climate Friendly verification. The certification was attained by ADESC, an association of 74 farmers located in the Huehuetenango area of Guatemala. It’s a group of producers who farm on individual parcels of land that typically run about eight to 10 acres in size and who process their coffee by way of small wet mills on the farm properties. The output is then combined a...

Full article: http://www.freshcup.com/featured-article.php?id=191

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