Nestlé is supporting a multi-partner international development programme to improve the livelihoods of more than 10,000 smallholder coffee farmers in Haiti.
American Development Bank (IDB) in collaboration with the L'Agence Française de Développement (AFD) - will provide about $3.5m in grants for projects to regenerate the country’s coffee industry.
The aim is to help Haitian coffee growers use more sustainable methods to improve the quantity and quality of the crops they produce.
The programme will focus on strengthening the business skills of coffee cooperatives to help them expand activities such as coffee bean collection and processing, quality control, certification, and marketing, at the same time as reducing their costs.
It will also lend financial support and expertise to help cooperatives diversify their interests beyond coffee production, to include activities such as group purchases of agricultural materials, leasing farm equipment, and coffee roasting.
Nestlé has signed an agreement with the IDB to offer coffee farmers in Haiti advice and technical assistance in coffee production and processing techniques.
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