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What’s worse? Overhead, or Coffee Projects that Don’t Work? https://t.co/NsbabTynde

What’s worse? Overhead, or Coffee Projects that Don’t Work? https://t.co/NsbabTynde

Roughly one third of coffee farmers globally are in pretty good shape — they’re already using the latest techniques to maximize yields — look at Vietnam, Brazil and in many parts Colombia. These farmers can be reached with minimal overhead, but there isn’t much profound to be improved. And it’s easy to trumpet your work with them — just list the number of farmers reached and the number of trainings held. This leaves you with low overhead, but impact of effectively nothing. Within the sustainability sector, NGOs and companies can and should be collaborating, but in an integrated sector, there are countless opportunities for gaming the numbers. For example, when exporters integrate sustainability work into their operational costs, it may make the program overhead look better, but it will put commercial and short term interests ahead of solving long term sector issues. The tr...

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